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Filing for Office

Candidates filing by petition do not pay a filing fee, but many offices have additional fees imposed by the Secretary of State or the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission that are still required at the time of filing.  More information can be found here.

Campaign Finance Reports

Campaign finance reports are required of all candidates except Improvement District and Precinct Committee candidates. Candidates who do not intend to spend more than $1,000 on their campaigns may file a notarized Affidavit of Exemption with the appropriate office before the 9th day prior to the Primary Election in lieu of submitting campaign finance reports. The report form for City and School Offices (except USD 259, City of Wichita and City of Derby) is available here and must be filed with the Sedgwick County Election Office by the 30th day after the election.  Report forms for National, State, County, City of Wichita, City of Derby, and USD 259 offices are sent to candidates from the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission. The campaign finance report submission dates for these offices are listed in the Campaign Finance Report Due Dates. Campaign Expense Reports for local offices are accessible to the public via the OnBase System under Election Reports.  Campaign Expense Reports for State and Judicial Offices are available from the Kansas Secretary of State's Office, and Campaign Expense Reports for Federal Offices are available from the Federal Election Commission.

Candidate Signs

The Sedgwick County Sign Placement Guidelines contains information for placing signs in areas that fall under Sedgwick County jurisdiction.

The City of Derby Letter shares a summary of city code relating to sign placement within the city limits of Derby, KS.

The City of Wichita Letter lists ordinances in effect on sign placement within the city limits of Wichita, KS. The Sign Placement Diagram shows drawings of correct and incorrect sign placement within Wichita. Kansas law also prohibits campaign signs within 250 feet of the entrance to an advance voting site or within 250 feet of the entrance to a polling place on Election Day [K.S.A. 25-2430].

Other local governments may have ordinances within their district which are not listed here.  It is advisable to check local ordinances prior to placing signs in rights of way.

Poll Agents

Candidates can appoint Election Day voting observers. The observer must carry a completed Authorized Poll Agents form that has been filed with the Sedgwick County Election Office to present to the election board workers. The observer must also wear a badge issued by the Election Office that says “OBSERVER”.

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