Civil Rights

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt signed onto a brief with more than a dozen attorneys general in a Texas lawsuit questioning swing-state vote counts in the election President Donald Trump lost to President-elect Joe Biden. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas AG wades into Pennsylvania ballot-deadline conflict

BY: - November 10, 2020

Kansas' GOP attorney general seeks U.S. Supreme Court clarity on whether constitution lets Pennsylvania to extend mail-in ballot deadline past Election Day.

Kansas election officials begin certifying results with several races too close to call

BY: - November 9, 2020

TOPEKA — As election officials finish counting ballots cast during the 2020 election, counties across Kansas are turning Monday to the outlier ballots with mismatched signatures, ID issues and more. Election results in Kansas are not official until counties canvass the results of state and national races. The canvass occurs in the weeks following the […]

As GOP cements supermajority in Legislature, Democrats realize ‘they can just really walk over us’

BY: - November 5, 2020

TOPEKA — Republicans retained a supermajority in both the Kansas House and Senate on Tuesday, reaffirming their control over Kansas policy and leaving Gov. Laura Kelly and Democratic legislators limited options with which to counter. The results from the 2020 general election, albeit unofficial as mail-in ballots and provisional ballots continue to be counted, indicate […]

Republican Marshall prevails in bruising U.S. Senate race against Democrat Bollier

BY: - November 3, 2020

Expensive, historic Kansas campaign for U.S. Senate among Republican Roger Marshall, Democrat Barbara Bollier and Libertarian Jason Buckley draws to close.

Four Kansas organizations filed a lawsuit Tuesday challenging constitutionality of two sweeping election reform bills placed into law by the 2021 Legislature after deflecting vetoes by Gov. Laura Kelly. Here, voters cast ballots at United Methodist Church in Topeka. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters champion civic duty, having their voice heard in record-breaking election

BY: - November 3, 2020

TOPEKA — Citing economic, social and health crises, some Kansas voters on Tuesday emphasized the importance of voting and expressing their views through civic action in this record-breaking election. Early estimates from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office indicated more than 1,350,000 people will vote this year. That would be an increase of more than […]

The administration of Gov. Laura Kelly reached agreement with a coalition of advocacy groups to bring state agencies into compliance with federal law requiring people on public assistance receive voter registration information. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas election officials prepared for potential voter suppression, electioneering

BY: - November 2, 2020

TOPEKA — The Kansas Secretary of State’s office on Monday dismissed growing concerns ahead of Election Day that voter intimidation or suppression tactics will impact results. Amid a pandemic and unprecedented turnout, local election officials’ ability to accurately and reliably conduct an election has been called into question by concerned voters. The shift in U.S. […]

Election Day game plan paramount for Kansas voters amid pandemic, record turnout

BY: - November 1, 2020

TOPEKA — To minimize Election Day hiccups, voting rights advocates in Kansas are strongly encouraging voters to make a game plan before heading to the polls Tuesday. Amid a pandemic and record voter turnout, the 2020 general election will look and feel a little different in Kansas than in years past. Voters will be greeted […]

Gov. Laura Kelly's top tax-reform priority is elimination of the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries, but the GOP-led Legislature intends to color the Capitol with property, income and sales tax legislation. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Members of Kansas racial justice panel balk at Fraternal Order of Police stipulations

BY: - October 30, 2020

TOPEKA — Members of Gov. Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice are concerned about proposed limitations on an upcoming listening session with the Kansas Fraternity of Police. Kate Davis, director of regulatory affairs in the governor’s office, notified the commission that the Kansas branch of the FOP wants to limit participation in the […]

Law enforcement supporters and Black Lives Matter activists converged outside Topeka's city hall during August. Fort Hays State University's statewide survey shows 49% of Kansans believe Black Lives Matter sharpened the racial divide in the United States. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

FHSU survey finds Trump leading in Kansas, half say BLM deepens racial divide

BY: - October 27, 2020

Annual poll by Fort Hays State University shows support for Trump, frustration with Black Lives Matter and desire to legalize recreational marijuana.

Democratic state Senate candidate Lindsey Constance, left, at an event with Sen. Dinah Sykes, a Lenexa Democrat, denounced as false GOP claims she sought to deflate funding for police while on the Shawnee City Council. (Submitted)

Senate candidate rejects GOP mailers distorting her votes on police budget

BY: - October 26, 2020

Kansas Senate candidate Lindsey Constance rips GOP mailers falsely claiming she supported defunding Shawnee police department.

KC Freedom Project’s Latahra Smith answers call for justice from wrongfully convicted

BY: - October 26, 2020

Lataruh Smith leads KC Freedom Project, a ministry working for people allegedly wrongfully imprisoned. Her fight is personal and professional.

Activist: Repeat caller weaponized Topeka police against autistic child

BY: - October 23, 2020

TOPEKA — An activist supporting a child with autism who was handcuffed and thrown to the ground by a Topeka police officer says the department is allowing residents to weaponize officers against minorities. The 14-year-old boy’s family and supporters are calling for increased accountability for those who file false reports or claims and that the […]