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Election Information

Election Information

School leaders know there is a lot at stake in the upcoming elections. Candidates running for state and federal office will direct education policies at a crucial moment in the history of education in Kansas. As with past elections, expect to see and hear campaign rhetoric full of half-truths and outrageous claims. While KASB does not endorse candidates, it does provide information for voters on candidates’ positions on education issues. Please watch for KASB News Briefs and this website for education-related political news throughout the campaign season. KASB encourages Kansans to participate in the political process and become an informed voter, especially when it comes to education issues. 

Upcoming key dates for the 2022 election 

Oct. 18 — Deadline to register to vote for General Election 

Oct. 19 — First day advance by mail ballots are mailed and advance in-person voting may begin 

Nov. 1 — Deadline for voters to apply for advance mail ballot  

Nov. 8 — General Election 

For more information, go to the Kansas Secretary of State’s office at www.sos.ks.gov 

Candidate FAQ

Questions about school funding, safety, vouchers and other education issues are certain to be front and center during the 2022 campaign season.

To find out where candidates stand on the major education issues, KASB has put together a list of questions that can be used during political forums or one-on-one meetings with candidates. These questions are simply suggestions and can be tailored for individual races.

 The general election is November 8. On the ballot are federal races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House. State offices on the ballot are for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, Kansas House, five State Board of Education seats and six of the seven Kansas Supreme Court justices.

As school leaders, we should encourage voter registration and voter participation. For people who are not registered yet to vote, you have until October 18 to register to vote in the general election.

    • If elected to the House, will you vote for or against continued cost of living adjustments called for under the Gannon school finance plan?
    • School districts are reporting increasing difficulty in hiring teachers and staff. What will you do to help schools attract and retain quality employees?
    • Students living at or below the poverty level tend to have the most difficult time in school. What steps can the state take to help change that situation?
    • If you are elected to the House, will you vote for or against legislation that would allow vouchers or education savings accounts to use taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools?
    • What is your opinion of the State Board of Education's “Kansans Can” vision and school redesign efforts?
    • Would you support a phased-in increase for special education funding to reach 92 percent of excess costs as directed by state law?
    • Do you support the Kansas Constitution when it comes to the K-12 public education system that the State Board of Education has general supervision of the system and that local public schools shall be maintained, developed and operated by local school boards?
    • Should school boards have the authority to take necessary steps, such as implementing mask requirements, to address contagious diseases?
    • Would you oppose or support efforts to allow or require school board candidates to run in partisan elections?
    • If you are elected to the House, will you vote for or against placing on the ballot a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would give the state Senate final approval of Kansas Supreme Court justice nominees, or that would have our state Supreme Court justices elected?
    • If you are elected to the House, will you vote for or against placing on the ballot a proposed amendment to the Kansas Constitution that would require a supermajority of legislators to approve new taxes or increases in taxes?
    • What do you think should be done to ensure that schools are safer?
    • If you are elected governor, will you support or oppose continued cost of living adjustments called for under the Gannon school finance plan?
    • Students living at or below the poverty level tend to have the most difficult time in school. What steps can the state take to help change that situation?
    • If you are elected governor, will you sign into law or veto legislation that would allow vouchers or education savings accounts to send students to private schools?
    • School districts are reporting increasing difficulty in hiring teachers and staff. What will you do to help schools attract and retain quality employees?
    • What is your opinion of the State Board of Education's “Kansans Can” vision and school redesign efforts?
    • Would you support a phased-in increase for special education funding to 92 percent of excess costs as directed by state law?
    • Do you support the Kansas Constitution when it comes to the K-12 public education system that the State Board of Education has general supervision of the system and that local public schools shall be maintained, developed and operated by local school boards?
    • Should school boards have the authority to take necessary steps, such as implementing mask requirements, to address contagious diseases?
    • Would you oppose or support efforts to allow or require school board candidates to run in partisan elections?
    • What do you think should be done to ensure that schools are safer?

     

    • Do you support increasing the federal government's portion of special education funding?
    • What do you think the federal government should do to help improve broadband internet access for Kansas students?
    • Students living at or below the poverty level tend to have the most difficult time in school. What steps can the federal government take to help change that situation?

Candidate Information, Websites, and Positions

KASB and other education organizations urge Kansans to vote. KASB does not endorse candidates in political races but provides voters with information on candidates’ positions and education issues. 

To find out where you can vote, visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s office website link

Below are links from organizations that often deal with education issues and have endorsed candidates. 

Kansas NEA PAC 

Kansas Farm Bureau 

MainStream Coalition MainPAC 

Game on for Kansas Schools 

Below are links to voter guides put out by various newspapers: 

The Kansas City Star 

KSN 

Every candidate for the House of Representatives has been listed on the spreadsheet by legislative district. By clicking on your candidates’ names, you will be linked to one of four different websites based on its availability: 

  1. Your candidates’ campaign website 

  1. Your candidates’ campaign social media 

  1. Your candidates’ official legislative page (incumbents only) 

  1. Your candidates’ Ballotpedia page 

KASB encourages Kansans to learn about their candidates before voting. By reviewing a candidate’s website, voters can better understand each candidate’s platform, policies, and beliefs.  

To view candidate websites, download this file