Wednesday, March 18, 2020

TOPEKA – Secretary of State Scott Schwab announced the Secretary of State’s office will be closed to the public and operating with limited staff beginning Monday, March 23, 2020 to lessen the spread of COVID-19. A secure onsite drop box will be available at Memorial Hall (120 S.W. 10th) to allow members of the public to submit business documents. Candidate and election filings can be made by appointment by calling 785.296.4561.

The Secretary of State is in constant communication with federal, state, and local officials and will continue to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on elections. For counties holding special elections this spring, vendors have provided sanitation best practices to Kansas counties to ensure election equipment is properly sanitized. County elections already underway will proceed as required by law. For county elections not yet started, the local governing body will determine how to proceed.

Any questions regarding the May 4 democratic presidential preference primary should be directed to the Kansas Democratic Party. Pursuant to state law, the Secretary of State and local election officials play no role in the oversight or administration of the event.

The Office of Secretary of State will continue to assess the situation and provide additional updates to the public and media as it evolves.