'Voter suppression': Kansas lawmakers advance changes to take control of elections
Kansas lawmakers gave initial approval to bills that would strip the executive and judicial branches of some authority over elections and make it more difficult to cast a ballot by mail. - Dreamstime/Dreamstime/TNS

TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas lawmakers, following a trend in Republican-controlled statehouses nationwide, gave initial approval Wednesday to bills that would strip the executive and judicial branches of some authority over elections and make it more difficult to cast a ballot by mail. One of the measures would bar the Governor and courts from altering election laws. The other limits who is permitted to return a mail-in ballot on behalf of another person and makes it a felony for an individual to return more than five mail-in ballots. The changes were approved on a 28-12 vote, despite reports from Se...