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Several issues, primary races on Tuesday's ballot

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FAIRWAY, KS (KCTV/AP) -

Kansas and Missouri voters are deciding Tuesday on a number of local and state options as well as some key primary races.

Polls in Missouri and Kansas are open until 7 p.m.

Kansas election officials are reminding voters that they'll need to show a valid photo ID in order to vote.

The marquee Kansas race involves three-term Republican Sen. Pat Roberts facing off against tea party challenger Milton Wolf, a radiologist and the second cousin of President Barack Obama.

Wolf and his tea party allies cast the 78-year-old Roberts as a longtime fixture in Washington who barely lives in the state, and Roberts didn't help his cause when he told a radio interviewer last month, "Every time I get an opponent - uh, I mean, every time I get a chance - I'm home."

Roberts casts Wolf, 43, as unfit for elected office, questioning his judgment. Roberts' ads have focused on Wolf's posting in 2010 of X-ray images of patients' injuries on his Facebook page.

Wolf acknowledged in February that he'd made the Facebook postings and has apologized. The postings included images of fatal gunshot wounds and comments intended to be humorous.

If past primaries are any guide, voter turnout will be low.

And for U.S. Congress, incumbent Mike Pompeo is being challenged by former U.S. Rep. Todd Tiahrt in the state's 4th Congressional District, while 1st District incumbent Tim Huelskamp is being challenged by Alan LaPolice.

On the Kansas Republican primary ballot is DJ Smith and Alvin Zahnter. Democrats will choose between Chad Taylor and Patrick Wiesner.

In the race for Kansas governor, Jennifer Winn and Robin Lais are going against Republican incumbent Gov. Sam Brownback and Jeff Colyer for the Republican spot on the ticket.

Statewide office primaries also include races for insurance commissioner and secretary of state.

In Missouri, the big races are city and state questions. Election officials are expecting 27 percent turnout. That would be just above average for Missouri's August primaries.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 1 states that the right "to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state." Passage would make Missouri the second state, following North Dakota, to place farming rights in its constitution.

The proposed Constitutional Amendment 5 would enhance the state's current right to keep and bear arms by expanding it to cover ammunition and accessories and declaring that such rights are "unalienable."

The measure would subject gun-control restrictions to strict scrutiny in the courts and would delete a current constitutional provision allowing restrictions on concealed guns.

Constitutional Amendment 7 proposes a three-quarters cent sales tax for roads and other types of transportation.

It's projected to generate at least $540 million annually for 10 years. The Missouri Department of Transportation has approved over 800 projects to be funded by the tax, the largest being the widening of Interstate 70 to three lanes in each direction between Kansas City and St. Louis. The amendment also prohibits changes in the gas tax or the imposition of toll roads while the sales tax hike is in effect.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 8 would create a Missouri Lottery game to benefit veterans' nursing homes and cemeteries. All lottery proceeds not used for prizes or administration currently go to education.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 9 seeks to expand the state's current warrant requirements for police to carry out searches or seizures to cover electronic data and communication, such as cell phones.

For those that live in Kansas City, there are some other important issues voters have to decide upon.

The first is whether the city will extend a one-quarter of a cent sales tax to fund the Kansas City Fire Department.

Question A seeks Kansas City voters' approval to establish a taxing district that would help pay for expanding the downtown streetcar.

Incumbent State Auditor Tom Schweich is unopposed in the Republican primary in the only statewide office on the ballot. Five of Missouri's eight U.S. House members face primaries against lesser-known challengers.

Our campaign 2014 coverage continues throughout the day on KCTV5 News and KCTV5.com. Our reporters will be at all the big watch parties tonight as we track the results.

Copyright 2014 KCTV (Meredith Corp.) All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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