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Kansas law prohibits “electioneering” or “disorderly election conduct” at or
within a certain distance of polling places. Depending on the circumstances,
there may be certain First Amendment issues related to activities by persons at
The following activities are prohibited:
Any person that appears to be engaged in electioneering may
be asked to leave; or be asked to stop the electioneering activity.
For example, person wearing a candidate campaign
button can be asked to remove the button and place it in his or her
pocket or purse.
If the person refuses to leave or stop electioneering, the
polling place owner (or the owner’s representative) or the polling place
official may contact the Election Commissioner; or if necessary, call
911 for law enforcement assistance.
Electioneering does not include bumper stickers on a motor vehicle
used to transport voters to a polling place or to an advance voting site
for the purpose of voting; or actions related to candidates or questions
not on the ballot for the current election.
Disorderly election conduct is willfully:
Any person that appears to be engaged in disorderly conduct
should be asked to leave; or to stop the disorderly conduct.
If they refuse, the polling place owner (or the owner’s
representative) or the polling place official(s) should contact the
Election Commissioner for specific guidance; or if necessary, call 911
for law enforcement assistance.
The First Amendment to the United States Constitution restricts
government regulation of free speech, which can include both verbal
expression as well as expressive conduct.
Polling places are generally considered a limited public forum for
First Amendment purposes, since the use of the site is intended for
voting activities only and is not intended to allow a full range of
speech and conduct. The extent of First Amendment rights at any
particular polling place depends on the circumstances involved.
If someone claims their activities are protected by the First
Amendment, the polling place owner (or the owner’s representative) or
the polling place official(s) should contact the Election Commissioner
for specific guidance.
Any other questions about activities at polling places may be
directed to polling place officials or the Election Commissioner at
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