Today's elections in Kansas and Missouri feature hotly contested primaries, tax issues and a constitutional amendment.
In Missouri, the biggest battle is between three Republican candidates who want to face off against Democratic U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in November. Constitutional Amendment 2 would reaffirm the right to prayer in public and private settings.
In Kansas, Republicans are fighting over seats in the state Senate and House, the outcome of which could decide whether Gov. Sam Brownback's conservative social and fiscal agenda prevails or fails.
Kansas City voters will consider two ballot questions: No. 1 boosts the sales tax by a half cent, while cutting three small property taxes. No. 2 allows the city to issue $500 million in bonds to pay for sewer improvements.
Polls in Missouri are open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Kansas polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.