Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly speaks on coronavirus

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly visited The Mercury on Thursday to speak on a variety of coronavirus-related topics including K-12 operations, higher education funding and election safety.

Requests for absentee ballots in Kansas rose this year because of the pandemic, and if Gov. Laura Kelly had her way, all Kansans would vote by mail in the general election on Nov. 3.

Riley County in mid-July reported seeing more than 6,300 mail application ballots for the primary election, which was just a few shy of surpassing the number of requests in the 2016 presidential election.