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Voting Begins | Election Lawsuits

Segment 1, beginning at 1:14: Reporters describe what they're seeing at polling locations in Kansas and Missouri.

Across polling locations in Kansas City and the bi-state area, there were significant lines to start out the day with a "steady trickle of people" in the following hours, said Laura Ziegler, a reporter for KCUR. Locations such as the Fairgrounds in east Lawrence saw record numbers of advanced ballots.

Segment 2, beginning at 33:39: Election lawsuits in Kansas and Missouri are ongoing and will continue after Election Day.

A number of cases have gone to the Missouri Supreme Court already, most tied to absentee ballots and mail-in ballots. The states will likely see additional cases in the days ahead. Lauren Bonds with the ACLU of Kansas said the Republican Party is intervening more in voting rights lawsuits and challenging expansions to the right to vote.

  • Lauren Bonds, legal director at ACLU of Kansas
  • Beth Vonnahme, associate dean at UMKC, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and associate professor of political science

If you experienced difficulties in casting your vote you can contact the Election Protection Hotline at (866) 687-8683.

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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.
Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend her mornings assisting senior producer Stephen Steigman as a volunteer with the show. Her radio experience also includes stints with public radio's New Letters on the Air as a broadcast engineer and on local public radio as host of a weekly overnight call-in show.
Liam Mays