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Senate Dispute Delays Ballot Printing In Kansas

A dispute over the ballot for a U.S. Senate race in Kansas is creating a time crunch for election officials. At issue is whether Democrats will be required to place a new candidate on the ballot for the Senate seat after Chad Taylor dropped out of the race.

A Shawnee County Court is expected to issue a decision this week. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says that normally by this time of year, ballots for people voting early would be printed and prepared for mailing.

"We usually send out around 5,000 advance ballots on the first day, which is Oct. 15 of this year. So, we would actually have those assembled and ready to go," says Shew.

Instead, Shew is waiting to print ballots until a decision is handed down. Shew says in his 10 years on the job he can't remember a delay like this affecting the printing and preparation of ballots.

Taylor's withdrawal from the race leaves incumbent Republican Pat Roberts, independent Greg Orman and Libertarian Randall Batson vying for the U.S. Senate seat.

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