CANDIDATE FILING INFORMATION FOR 2012
Candidates for public office in Kansas may be nominated either by political party nomination or independent nomination. Democratic and Republican candidates must run in the primary and may file either by fee or by petition. Candidates of other recognized parties (currently, American's Elect, Libertarian, and Reform) do not run in the primary, but are nominated for the general election by the party's caucus or convention. Independent candidates do not run in the primary and may file for the general election only by petition. All candidates must pay administrative fees to the Governmental Ethics Commission and to the Secretary of State, and all non-federal candidates must appoint treasurers and file periodic campaign finance reports.
Democratic and Republican party candidates who wish to appear on the primary ballot on August 7, 2012, must file by noon June 1, 2012 [KSA 25-20] Due to the 2012 redistricting, these deadlines are subject to change. Please call the Election Office (785) 309-5820) for further details.
American's Elect, Libertarian, and Reform party candidates nominated by caucus or convention must have nomination papers filed by the party in the Secretary of State's office by noon June 1 in order to appear on the general election ballot. [KSA25-202, 305].
Independent candidates must file nomination petitions by noonAugust 6, 2012. [KSA 25-305(b)]
Petition forms and declaration of intention forms (used to file by fee) for national offices may be obtained only through the Secretary of State's office. Forms for state offices may be obtained either at the Secretary of State's office or the county election office. Forms for county and township offices may be obtained at the county election office.
Candidates for national and state offices, state legislature and judicial offices file with the Secretary of State's office. The signature on a declaration of intention may be attested at the county election office or Secretary of State's office and the declaration then filed with the Secretary of State's office. NOTE: The candidate is not considered filed until the petition or declaration and fee are received by the Secretary of State's office. It is the responsibility of the candidate, not the county election officer, to ensure that filing documents are sent to and received by the Secretary of State. Candidates for county and township offices and precinct committeemen and committeewomen file only at the county election office. [KSA 25-208]
Precinct committee candidates may have their signatures attested by a notary public rather than the county election officer, but their declarations of intention must be filed with the county election officer. [KSA 25-206]