Primary Election – February 26, 2013 (where needed)
General Election – April 2, 2013
Cities and School Districts
Non-partisan elections are held in odd numbered years except for the cities of Colwich and Garden Plain, which have elections every year.
Cities: Registered voter and resident of the city and the Ward/District
School Districts: Registered voter and resident of the district and Member District
Filing Deadline: 12:00 Noon, January 22, 2013
Where to File:
City of Wichita - Wichita City
2nd Class Cities - City Clerk’s Office
3rd Class Cities - City Clerk’s Office or Election Office
School Districts - Election Office
Filing Fees and Signature Requirements
First Class Cities:
$10.00 + $35.00 report fee or
Mayor, 100 valid signatures (Charter Ordinance #114) + $35.00 report fee
Council Member, 50 valid signatures (Charter Ordinance #115) + $35.00 report fee
Valid signatures are those of registered voters of the city and the district.
Second Class Cities:
Bel Aire, Derby, Goddard, Haysville, Mulvane,
Park City, Valley Center
$10.00 or 50 valid signatures
In cities with a population between 5,000 and 100,000, the filing papers shall be accompanied with the above filing fee, or 50 valid signatures, or by signatures equal to 1% of the ballots cast at the last general city election, whichever is less. Valid signatures are those of registered voters of the city and the ward. [K.S.A. 25-2110(c)]
Third Class Cities:
Andale, Bentley, Cheney, Clearwater,
Colwich, Eastborough, Garden Plain, Kechi, Maize,
Mount Hope, Viola
$5.00 or 25 valid signatures
In cities with a population of less than 5,000, filing papers shall be accompanied with the above filing fee, or 25 signatures, or by a number of signatures equal to 10% of the ballots cast at the last general city election, whichever is less. Valid signatures are those of registered voters of the city. [K.S.A. 25-2110(b)]
School District Offices: $5.00
USD 259 (Wichita): $5.00 + $35.00 report fee or
At Large position, 50 valid signatures. Valid signatures are those of registered voters of the school district. [K.S.A. 25-2020(2)]; + $35 report fee for USD 259 candidate
Member District position, 50 valid signatures or 10% of registered voters, whichever is less. Valid signatures are those of registered voters of the school district and member district. [K.S.A. 25-2020(1)]; + $35 report fee for USD 259 candidate
Additional useful information:
Filing for Office
Candidates filing by petition do not pay a
filing fee, but City of
Campaign Finance Reports
Campaign finance reports are required of all
candidates except Drainage District
Candidates not intending to spend
more than $500 on their campaigns may file a
notarized Affidavit of Exemption with the
Election Office before the 9th
day prior to the Primary Election in lieu of
submitting campaign finance reports.
The reports for local office are on
the Election Office website in the Voting
Applications and Forms link.
Report forms for the City of
Kansas law prohibits campaign signs within 250 feet of the entrance to an advance voting site or within 250 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day [K.S.A. 25-2430].
Additionally, the Cities of Derby and Wichita have ordinances in effect on sign placement, and are available upon request. A Sign Placement Diagram is also available showing drawings of correct and incorrect sign placement within Wichita.
Candidates can appoint Election Day voting observers. The observer must carry a completed Authorized Poll Agents form that has been filed with the Sedgwick County Election Office to present to the election board workers. The observer must also wear a badge issued by the Election Office that says “OBSERVER”.
Kansas Secretary of State: http://www.kssos.org/main.html
510 N. Main, #101
Wichita, KS 67203
Toll Free. 877.530.7194
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.