Credit: Craig Lindeman

The upheavals that sprang from the 2020 presidential election have Kansans and other Americans talking about our elections this year in ways that feel different from election cycles of the past. From concerns about voter fraud and democracy to a recount of August’s abortion vote, the system itself is under the microscope as the 2022 midterms take place Nov. 8.

But how much do Kansans really know about their elections and how they work?

Contributors from The Journal spent the last eight weeks digging deeper into the election system, how it came to be and how it works to help broaden the civic knowledge of The Journal’s audience. The magazine will focus on the perspectives of election officials, poll workers, poll agents, new voters and even those with doubts about integrity of the state’s elections.

The goal is for The Journal to give its readers a better understanding of elections and voting in Kansas and spur introspection about how people in this state and nation might exercise leadership in navigating another daunting civic moment.

Click here for a list of published stories or visit each article individually below:

Part 1. “How Kansas voting laws came to be,” by Barbara Shelly.

Part 2. “What you need to know about provisional ballots in Kansas,” by Amy Geiszler-Jones

Part 3. “How a ‘stop the steal’ could roil Kansas elections,” by Joel Mathis

Part 4. Opinion: Latina group shows how view on the vote evolve,” by Amanda Vega-Mavec.

Part 5. “Officials overseeing Kansas elections provide a view behind the curtain,” by Jerry LaMartina

Part 6. “Poll watchers help political parties trust but verify,” by Monica Springer.

Part 7. “Here’s how efforts to cast doubt on Kansas ballots emerged,” by Karen Dillon.

Part 8. “Looking at election security from a poll worker’s perspective,” by P.J. Griekspoor.

Bonus. Opinion: Ignorance is a luxury we can no longer afford,” by Mark McCormick.

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