Legislative committee to hear testimony on moving local elections Friday

By Kansas Association of School Boards
December 11, 2014

A legislative committee will receive more information on Friday about the idea of moving city and school board elections to November.

The 2014 Special Committee on Ethics, Elections and Local Government will meet at 9 a.m. Friday in room 112-North in the Statehouse in Topeka.

The committee will receive information from the League of Kansas Municipalities, hear from election officials from several counties and from Sarah Anzia, an assistant professor at the University of California-Berkeley who has written a book about how the timing of elections affects voter turnout.

The Kansas Republican Party and Secretary of State Kris Kobach, a Republican, support making the local races partisan and moving them to November.

The Delegate Assembly of the Kansas Association of School Boards recently voted in favor of keeping local board elections in non-partisan April elections, rather than the November general elections.