Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

Overturn of Roe v. Wade raises stakes for Kansas abortion rights battle in August

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — The stakes for the August vote over a Kansas constitutional amendment on abortion access were made clear by the leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion striking down federal abortion protection rights. The draft opinion rejecting the landmark Roe v. Wade decision is not final and does not necessarily set in stone the opinion […]

Justice is represented in a 22-foot marble sculpture at the Kansas Judicial Center in Topeka. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas Attorney General argues fairness of congressional map is off limits for state court

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — Attorney General Derek Schmidt’s office says the Kansas Supreme Court has no business evaluating the fairness of redrawn congressional districts, despite a district court’s ruling that the map is heavily biased toward Republicans and dilutes minority votes. In a written argument filed Monday, Schmidt’s office argues the state court system doesn’t have a […]

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, D-Kansas, welcomed President Joe Biden's endorsement of suspension in the federal fuel tax, but she urged Congress to adopt a bill dropping the tax until Jan. 1. (Kansas Reflector screen capture from campaign video)

Davids, Adkins endorse popular, but contrasting, ideas for cutting high gas prices

BY: - May 3, 2022

TOPEKA — Three-fourths of registered voters in a national survey shared eagerness to answer surging gasoline prices by temporarily waiving federal gasoline taxes and pressuring oil companies to expand extraction of domestic crude. Brewing debate between U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, the Democratic incumbent in the 3rd District of Kansas, and Amanda Adkins, the likely Republican […]

House Majority Leader Dan Hawkins, left, defended the Legislature's plan to phase out over three years the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries. Gov. Laura Kelly said she would sign the bill, but preferred a July termination of the state's tax on food. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Gov. Laura Kelly promises to sign bipartisan bill eliminating Kansas sales tax on food by 2025

BY: - April 29, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly embraces Legislature's bill eliminating the state's 6.5% sales tax on groceries by 2025, but Democrats still want to end of tax in July.

Rep. John Barker, R-Abilene, introduced a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution approved by the Legislature for inclusion on November statewide ballot. The measure will be decided by a majority voting. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Kansas voters to decide constitutional amendment question on election of county sheriffs

BY: - April 27, 2022

Legislature grants November voters chance to decide if sheriffs are elected instead of appointed to 4-year terms. (Riley County lone exception.)

Rep. Emil Bergquist, R-Park City, said changes in voter security would be effective making elections safer, but skeptics viewed it as another top-down government mandate. (Noah Taborda/Kansas Reflector)

Legislature passes bill mandating Kansas counties use watermarked paper ballots

BY: - April 27, 2022

Legislature sends Gov. Laura Kelly a bill requiring an array of changes to improve public confidence in the voting system in Kansas.

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather May 1, 2021, outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix where Ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted. (Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images)

U.S. House panels probe election disinformation in Arizona, Florida, Ohio and Texas

BY: - April 21, 2022

WASHINGTON — The chairs of two U.S. House committees said Thursday they are asking election officials from four states to detail what they are doing to “counter lies and conspiracy theories and protect the integrity of federal elections.” California Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chair of the House Administration Committee, and New York Democratic Rep. Carolyn […]

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas talks about her Senate career, relationship with the late U.S. Sen. Bob Dole and erosion of a commitment to bipartisanship during an appearance at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence. (Thad Allton for Kansas Reflector)

U.S. Sen. Kassebaum looks in mirror, sees GOP moderates like herself no longer viable in Kansas

BY: - April 21, 2022

Former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum speaks on the value of bipartisanship, rise of news echo chambers and the late U.S. Sen. Bob Dole's humor and leadership.

Gov. Laura Kelly got the attention of Republican legislators by vetoing bills imposing a school sports participation ban on transgender girls or women as well as a bill imposing a parental bill of rights in terms of K-12 public education (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Democrat Kelly dangles vetoes in front of GOP legislators eager for fresh fight

BY: - April 19, 2022

TOPEKA — The legislative process in Kansas is a numbers game that folks conveniently boil down to the trifecta of 63, 21 and one. This odd set of figures represents the narrowest margin in which bills can be passed in the House and Senate — 63 in the House and 21 in the Senate. The […]

COMMENTARY

My grim prediction for Kansas: Abortion banned within a year if voters don’t show up

BY: - April 18, 2022

Within the next year, the Kansas Legislature will pass a full ban on abortion, without exceptions for rape or incest. Gov. Derek Schmidt will delightedly sign it and rhapsodize about our state’s culture of life. A safe and common women’s health procedure and those performing it, along with the women themselves, will be criminalized. This […]

Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he would recommend the Kansas Supreme Court approve new legislative district boundary maps after the redistricting bill was signed into law by Gov. Laura Kelly. (Sherman Smith/Kansas Reflector)

Attorney general to seek prompt Kansas Supreme Court approval of legislative district maps

BY: - April 16, 2022

Gov. Laura Kelly signed bill creating new legislative district boundaries and AG Derek Schmidt will ask Supreme Court to approve both maps.

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids, a Kansas Democrat seeking re-election in November, is benefactor of health advocacy organization's $5 million advertising push in support of her and seven other swing-state Democrats in the U.S. House. (Allison Kite/Kansas Reflector)

Health care advocacy group spending $5 million to aid Davids, seven other swing-district Democrats

BY: - April 14, 2022

U.S. Rep. Sharice Davids and seven other swing-district Democrats benefit from $5 million ad push emphasizing votes on quality health care.

Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.

Deadlines

June 1

Candidate filing deadline

July 12

Deadline to register for primary election

July 13

First day advance ballots are mailed and in-person voting may begin for primary election

July 26

Deadline to apply for advance mail ballot for primary election

August 2

Primary election

October 18

Deadline to register for general election

October 19

First day advance ballots are mailed and in-person voting may begin for general election

November 1

Deadline to apply for advance mail ballot for general election

November 8

General election

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