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Kansas City Council Roundup | Voting & Elections Security

Kansas City, Missouri, City Hall as seen from Penn Valley Park
Luke X. Martin
KCUR 89.3
A 10% across-the-board budget cut could soon be coming to Kansas City, Missouri, largely a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Violent crime and the police, property tax cuts for developers, and a looming budget cut top the list of concerns for Kansas City Council members, and an in-depth look at if elections systems ensure safe and accurate voting.

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.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
The Kansas City region has long been a place where different ways of life collide. I tell the stories of people living and working where race, culture and ethnicity intersect. I examine racial equity and disparity, highlight the area's ethnic groups and communities of color, and invite all of Kansas City to explore meaningful ways to bond with and embrace cultures different from their own. Email me at luke@kcur.org.
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