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The city of Wichita provides drinking water to several communities in Sedgwick County, and residents of those communities have been asking if they will be able to vote on the issue of adding fluoride to the city's water supply.
A press release from city hall says a state statute only allows residents of Wichita to vote on that ballot question. The city and the Sedgwick County election commissioner do not have the authority to change the process to allow county residents or residents of other cities who get water from Wichita to vote on fluoridation.
The city council decided this week to put the issue on the ballot for the November 6th general election.
In the meantime, an anti fluoridation group, Pure Water for Wichita, wants to have a televised debate on the issue. They are challenging the pro-fluoride group, Wichitans For Healthy Teeth, to a debate that would take place no later than October 17th. In a press release, Pure Water set a deadline of August 31st for the pro-fluoride group to respond to the challenge.