Election 2020

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  • Click here to locate your Election Day polling place if you want to vote in-person.
  • Mail-in ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, to the Sedgwick County Election Office, an Early Vote Center during voting hours, or a secure ballot drop box. If mailing, ballots must be postmarked by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3. 

Resources

KMUW's 2020 Election Blueprint is supported by the COVID-19 Connection Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation.

KMUW's Engage ICT: Digital Democracy on Tap and Kansas Leadership Center partnered to present One Small Step: Courageous Political Conversations on Tuesday, November 17.

This special collaboration with StoryCorps' One Small Step featured a conversation Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, on the importance of coming together during a divisive time in our history. We also spoke with Wichita's One Small Step participants about how they felt bridging an ideological divide with a stranger.

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Voters elected Democrat Sarah Lopez to a four-year term on the Sedgwick County Commission.

Official election results certified Monday confirm Lopez won the close 2nd District race over Republican Michael O’Donnell by 264 votes.

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The tumultuous tenure of Michael O’Donnell on the Sedgwick County Commission has ended.

O’Donnell resigned immediately late Friday afternoon after the District Attorney’s Office released a statement saying it was prepared to initiate ouster proceedings next week.

O’Donnell, a Republican, knocked off a four-term incumbent in 2016 to win his seat. Since he took office, he was indicted on federal charges related to the spending of campaign finance money and became embroiled in a political scandal involving a false attack ad in the 2019 mayoral campaign.

Crysta Henthorne / For the Kansas News Service

WICHITA, Kansas — Charles Bell usually passes on voting. He’s a Democrat in a Republican state and said, “If I vote, it’s not going to count.”

But after seeing Kansans elect a Democratic governor in 2018, he thought maybe the state was changing. And so this year, for only the second time in his 63 years, he voted, hoping Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden or U.S. Senate candidate Barbara Bollier might be elected.

Updated at 1:54 p.m. ET

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots.

Fernando Salazar/For KMUW

When voting ended Tuesday night, Sarah Lopez – the Democratic challenger trying to unseat Michael O’Donnell from the Sedgwick County Commission – was losing by nearly 600 ballots.

But a wave of mail-in ballots has now vaulted Lopez into a 125-vote lead.

LAWRENCE, Kansas — This week’s election set the stage for partisan fights in the Kansas Statehouse over things like redistricting, abortion, Medicaid expansion and pandemic-related aid.

Democrats had hoped to crack the Republican supermajority in both chambers — thus taking away the GOP’s power to override Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s vetoes — but that didn’t happen.

Fernando Salazar / KMUW

Preliminary voter turnout numbers in Sedgwick County show more votes were cast in Tuesday's general election than in the 2016 presidential election.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says about 61% of registered voters participated in Tuesday's general election. Officials expect turnout to rise to about 65% once pending mail and provisional ballots are counted. 

Sedgwick County had more than 322,000 registered voters this year — an increase of 28,000 since the 2016 election.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Democrat Stephanie Byers became the first transgender member of the Kansas Legislature Tuesday night.

She’ll represent parts of south Wichita after defeating Republican challenger Cyndi Howerton in the race for Kansas House District 86. Byers received 54% of the vote in her first run for public office.

Byers is a retired band, orchestra and jazz teacher at Wichita North High School. She taught there for nearly 30 years.

She spoke about her transition and how she explained that to her students in an interview with KMUW in May 2019.

Deborah Shaar / KMUW/File photo

Voters re-elected two commissioners in Sedgwick County, but it’s not clear if one of them will actually serve a second term.

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