Kansas

The Sunflower State

Motto:
Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)


Constitution

In light of COVID-19, Kansas was one of a few states to cancel the GOP primary. The state party had a formal vote to nominate Donald Trump as the Republican candidate.

459,229 advance by mail ballots, 371,854 advance in-person ballots, and 544,042 election day ballots were cast in Kansas in 2020. In total, 1,375,125 ballots were cast in 2020, putting overall state turnout at about 70.9% The state swung heavily for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 6 electoral votes with 56.2% of the popular vote. Despite high numbers for Trump, Biden performed remarkably well for a Democrat with the highest numbers since 2008. The 2020 election also marked the first time since 1916 that Kansas voted more Democratic than Missouri. Kansas has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1968.

Kansas has a bicameral legislature with 40 senators and 125 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1993. Governor Laura Kelly (D) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNo; application required.No ChangesHB2332 (passed) requires individuals soliciting registered voters by mail to file an application for an advance voting ballot to include identifying details an da disclosure that the mailing is from a private entity.
DeadlineTuesday before Election Day.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Kansas averages a 57% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.

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