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The complete research by Election Law @ Moritz for Kansas can be found below.

Institutional Arrangements

State Chief Election Authorities

Elected individual (R)

Chief election authority: Secretary of State. § 25-2504.

Method of selection: Elected. Const. Art. 1, § 1.

Current officer: Ron Thornburgh (R). Second annual national digital government summit at Colonial Red Lion Hotel in Helena on Sept. 10, US State News, September 7, 2007. (Last updated 1/1/08)

State High Court Composition

Unknown affiliation/appointed

Method of selection: Gubernatorial appointment with subsequent retention election. Const. Art. 3, § 5.

Justices: Robert E. Davis (D), Kay McFarland (appointed by R), Lawton R. Nuss (appointed by R), Eric S. Rosen (appointed by D), Marla Luckert (appointed by R), Carol A. Beier (appointed by D), Lee A. Johnson (R) (Last updated 12/20/07)


  • Brazil to Join Appeals Court, Eureka District Judge Named to Replace Foth, Wichita Eagle (KS), November 15, 1985.
  • Senators Seek Say in Judge Selection-A Proposed Constitutional Amendment Would Change the Way Kansas Picks its Supreme Court Justices, Wichita Eagle (KS), March 20, 2005.
  • Timing of new justice’s swearing in bothers some legislators, AP Alert – Political, October 6, 2005, John Hanna.
  • Judge system works (Letter to the editor), Topeka Capital Journal (KS), January 23, 2007.

Voter Registration

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Provisional Ballots

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Early and Absentee Voting

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Voting Technology

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Polling Place Operations

Polling place closing times - local times

7:00 PM local time

Polling place closing times - by Eastern time zone

9:00 PM Eastern time

Ballot Security

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Emergency Preparedness

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Post-Election Processes

What Court Would Hear a Presidential Contest?

Trial Court

The contest must be filed in the district court of Shawnee County. Kan. Stat. Ann. § 25-1437. Shawnee County District Court judges are initially appointed by the judicial district nominating commission, but are then required to run for election at the next general election for a four-year term. Kan. Const. Art. 3, § 6; Kan. Stat. Ann. § 20-2901, et al. District courts are trial courts. Kansas law authorizes election contests generally. KS ST § 25-1435; 25-214. 

Who Performs Presidential recounts?


Recounts are conducted by “special election boards.” 25-3017(b). No more than one half of the boards may be from the same political party. 25-2802. However, this does not include the supervising election judge, who may tip the balance one way or the other. Id. The special election board is appointed by the county election officer. 25-3017. The county election officer is either the county election commissioner or the county clerk, by local option. 25-2504.

Counties with populations exceeding 130,000 must have an election commissioner. 19-3419. County election commissioners are appointed by the Secretary of State. Id. County clerks are elected. 19-301.