COVID-19 Information

General Information

The Office of Secretary of State and Memorial Hall is open to the public as of Monday, May 18, 2020. Due to COVID-19, social distancing guidelines and sanitizing precautions are be in place to ensure the safety of those in Memorial Hall.

Elections

Currently, there are no plans to delay the Tuesday, August 4, primary election. Any date changes to the November 3, general election will be made by the United States Congress. State law does not permit the Secretary of State or local election officials to unilaterally make the decision to shift to mail ballot elections. However, we encourage residents to request advance mail ballots for the upcoming elections. Since 1996, Kansas has allowed all voters to request an advance mail ballot without needing an excuse (K.S.A. 25-1120). Voters with permanent illness or disability may apply for a ballot to be permanently mailed to them prior to every election (K.S.A. 25-1122(h)). Voters can request an advance mail ballot by contacting their local election office or online at: https://www.sos.ks.gov/forms//elections/AV1.pdf.

We also ask voters to register to vote, update their voter information and change their party affiliation now, and not wait until closer to their respective deadlines. Doing so will help ease the burden on our local election officials.

 

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CARES Act (Stimulus) Funding

In the COVID-19 Stimulus Legislation (called the CARES Act), Congress appropriated $400 million in additional Help America Vote Act (HAVA) funding to help states prevent, prepare for, and respond to the coronavirus for the 2020 Federal election cycle.

Kansas received approximately $4.6 million from the CARES Act. The CARES funding will assist the state by:

  • Reimbursing counties for mailers providing information to voters on advance mail ballots, voter registration and election dates and deadlines OR mailing information to active Kansas registered voters on advance mail ballots, voter registration instructions and election dates and deadlines
  • Reimbursing counties for providing postage for advance mail ballots or providing counties with funding to provide postage for advance mail ballots
  • Procuring PPE equipment and sanitation supplies for election workers, polling locations and voters
  • Providing increased pay to election workers

 

Candidates

The filing deadline for partisan candidates is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, June 1.

Pursuant to K.S.A. 25-205, candidates must submit their candidate filing documents and requisite fees no later than 12:00, noon, June 1, prior to the primary election. Mailed filings must be received in the Secretary of State’s office by 12:00, noon on June 1. Individuals may pay filing fees by check, credit card, debit card, money order or cash. 12:00 noon on June 1, is also the deadline for a partisan candidate to withdraw as a candidate for the primary election. A candidate may withdraw by submitting a written request, signed and notarized prior to the filing deadline.

 

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

  • June 1: (12:00 p.m.) Candidate filing deadline
  • June 1: Deadline for voters to change party affiliation
  • July 14: Deadline to register to vote
  • July 15: Advance voting by mail begins and advance in-person voting may begin
  • July 28: Deadline for voters to apply for advance ballots by mail for the primary election
  • August 4: Primary Election (K.S.A. 25-203)
  • August 7: Deadline for receipt of advance ballots by mail postmarked on/before primary election day
  • October 13: Deadline to register to vote
  • October 14: Advance voting by mail begins and advance in-person voting may begin
  • October 27: Deadline for voters to apply for advance ballots by mail for the general election
  • November 3: General Election
  • November 6: Deadline for receipt of advance ballots by mail postmarked on/before general election day

Business Services

Under Executive Order 20-49, the Governor has extended the use of remote notarization until rescinded, until September 15, 2020 or until the statewide State of Disaster Emergency expires, whichever is earlier.

 

Under Executive Order 20-37, the Governor has extended the 2019 tax filing deadline for individual income tax, fiduciary income tax, corporate income tax and privilege tax with dues dates between April 15 and July 15, 2020. For those entities affected by the filing date change, the annual report deadline is now July 15, 2020.

 

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