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Kansas City Council Roundup | Voting & Elections Security

Segment 1, beginning at 3:54: With City Council out of session, we review the business behind and ahead of them.

On an earlier Up To Date, Mayor Lucas talked about the prospect of 10% across-the-board budget cuts in the months to come. Today, City Council members say police and fire department budgets are likely to be included. "We are going to have to look everywhere," said Councilwoman Ryana Parks-Shaw, to make up the financial shortfall. Meanwhile, the city continues to wrestle with how tax abatements are used and unprecedented violent crime.

Segment 2, beginning at 35:05: Securing American elections and the systems to ensure your vote counts

President Trump has been talking a lot about the possibility of a fraudulent election, particularly if a lot of Americans vote by mail. We asked one political science professor, who’s teaching an elections security class, how safe our counts really are.

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Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.
Luke X. Martin is an assistant producer for KCUR's Up To Date.
Chris Young