Ask about the 2022 Kansas and Missouri primary elections

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Jill Toyoshiba

jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com

Voters in Kansas and Missouri will have the opportunity to vote in the primaries this summer on August 2 and then in the general election on November 8.

Much is at stake for the future of our states, and at The Star, we believe our democracy is stronger when more people have the information they need to participate in and shape it.

Here’s our goal this election season: we want to make it as easy as possible for you to feel informed about how the people on the ballot can affect your life and the lives of those you love. And we want you to feel equipped to decide who is most likely to make the choices you believe will best serve you and your community in both Missouri and Kansas.

We’ll continue to cover the candidates and their campaigns as they compete for your vote. But we’ll also focus on answering your questions and explaining anything confusing or misleading about the voting process or the races.

let us know in the form at the bottom of this story what questions you have, what you want candidates to focus on, and anything confusing you’ve heard about voting.

Based on some of the things we hear from you, our reporters will ask the candidates who will be on your ballot to answer a few questions. We’ll compile them into a voter’s guide where you can research the races near you, plus explanations of topics that interest you before the big day.

We know the news can be exhausting and often dominated by the loudest and most polarizing voices. We want to be a resource that can cut through the noise and help you figure out what information is most important to you.

What is at stake in this election? And what will be on your ballot for the August 2 primary?

The August 2 election is a primary, which means you can only vote for candidates who are all from the same party. For example, Republican voters will choose from Republican candidates, and Democratic voters will choose from Democratic candidates. Then in November, the Republican and Democrat for each office will run against each other and any other candidates from other parties.

There is one major exception to this: In Kansas, any voter will be able to vote on the constitutional amendment that would remove the right to abortion, even if you are registered as an independent or not affiliated with any party at all.

Here’s what Missouri voters will find on the ballot…

  • Missourians from three Kansas City-area congressional districts will vote for their representative in the United States House. Those in the Fourth District will vote to replace Representative Vicky Hartzler. Rep. Emmanuel Cleaver II and Rep. Sam Graves in the Fifth and Sixth Districts will be up for re-election, and they both have challengers in both parties.

  • Some Missouri state legislative offices are up for grabs. A few districts in the Kansas City area will vote for a new state senator, and many districts will vote for new state representatives.

Kansas voters will weigh in on…

  • All Kansas voters will vote on a proposed amendment that would remove the right to abortion from the state constitution. This is called the Value Them Both amendment by proponents. Voting yes would remove the right to abortion, opening up the possibility for the state legislature to eventually pass laws that could further restrict access to abortion. Voting no would maintain the state constitution as is.

  • Democratic Governor Laura Kelly is running for governor again and Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt is running against her. Both Kelly and Schmidt have opponents in their respective parties who will be on the primary ballot, but both are expected to win the primary and face each other in the general election.

  • Republican voters will vote among primary candidates for statewide positions such as attorney general, secretary of state and state treasurer.

  • Senator Jerry Moran is running for his US Senate seat again, with Democratic and Republican challengers.

  • All Kansas state representatives will be elected, and some have primary challengers.

  • Some Kansans will vote for district court judges.

What are the key dates to know?

  • July 6: Last day to register to vote in Missouri to vote in the primary

  • July 12: Last day to register to vote in Kansas to vote in the primary

  • June 21: Absentee voting begins in Missouri for those who qualify

  • July 13: Day One advances, in-person voting begins in Kansas and Day One mail-in ballots are mailed out

  • July 26: Last day to request an absentee ballot in Kansas

  • August 1: Last day to vote by mail in Missouri

  • August 2nd : Primary election day

What questions do you have?

Do you have questions about how the nominees will affect your schools, your favorite small business, or a family member in need of medical attention? Or about something confusing you heard during a campaign, or about what you should bring to the polls?

We want to hear from you.

Our team will share the types of questions we hear from readers, and we’ll use that information to help us make choices about what questions to ask candidates and what types of stories to pursue.

We are working on a voter’s guide with the answers of each candidate who will be on your ballot.

Fill out the form below or email us at kcq@kcstar.com.


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