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Elections iconCandidate Information

Candidates for public office may be nominated by political party nomination or independent nomination. Democratic and Republican candidates must run in the primary election to secure their party’s nomination. Candidates of other recognized Kansas political parties (currently Libertarian) do not run in the primary and are nominated for the general election by party caucus or convention. Independent candidates do not run in the primary and may only file to run for office by petition. Candidates for national, state, legislative and judicial offices must file their candidacy with the Secretary of State. A candidate is not considered filed until their petition or declaration and fee is received by the Secretary of State (K.S.A. 25-208). Candidates must file by petition or filing fee.

Presidential Candidates

Independent candidates are nominated by petitions containing 5,000 signatures of qualified Kansas voters (K.S.A. 25-303(b)). Write-in candidates must file an affidavit of write-in candidacy along with a $20 filing fee with the Secretary of State (K.S.A. 25-305(d)). Republican, Democratic and Libertarian presidential nominees are selected by their respective political party. The Secretary of State has no oversight in this process. If you have questions on the nomination process for party candidates, please contact the respective state political party organizations.

Candidate Requirements

  • U.S. SENATE | Democratic and Republican primary candidates must have signatures of one percent of the party’s total registration (K.S.A. 25-205(e)(1)). Independent candidates must have 5,000 signatures of registered Kansas voters (K.S.A. 25-303(b)).
  • NATIONAL & STATE OFFICES VOTED BY DISTRICT | Democratic and Republican primary candidates must have signatures of two percent of the party’s total voter registration from the district (K.S.A. 25-205(e)(2)). Independent candidates must have signatures of four percent of the registered voters from the district; at least 25 signatures of Kansas voters but no more than 5,000 voters (K.S.A. 25-303(c)). Primary candidates for the State Board of Education must have signatures of 200 registered voters from the district (K.S.A. 25-1903(a)).

Candidate Fees

When filing petition forms and filing fees, an additional fee is assessed on candidates to help support election and campaign ethics oversight.

  • U.S. SENATE & U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES | Democratic and Republican Primary candidates must pay a fee equal to one percent of the salary of the office plus a $20 administrative fee.
  • KANSAS SENATE | $145 fee
  • ELECTED DISTRICT COURT JUDGE & DISTRICT ATTORNEY | Democratic and Republican Primary candidates must pay a fee equal to one percent of the salary of the office plus a $70 administrative fee.

2022 Filing Fees
Office Filing
US Senator $1,740 $20 $1,760 1% party 5,000
US Representative $1,740 $20 $1,760 2% party 4% or 5,000
Governor/Lt. Governor $1,108/$314 $670 $2,092 1% party 5,000
Secretary of State $861 $670 $1,531 1% party 5,000
Attorney General $990 $670 $1,660 1% party 5,000
State Treasurer $861 $670 $1,531 1% party 5,000
Commissioner of Insurance $861 $670 $1,531 1% party 5,000
State Representative1 $50 $70 $120 2% party 4% voters
State Board of Education1 $25 $70 $95 200 voters 200 voters
Court of Appeals2 N/A $20 $20 N/A N/A
District Court Judge2 $1,351 $70 $1,421 2% party 4% voters
District Magistrate Judge2 $100 $70 $170 2% party 4% voters
County Officers 1% salary - $5 min. $50 NA 3% party 4% voters
Township Officers $1 NA $1 3% party 10 or 5%
1U.S. Representatives, State Representatives and State Board of Education deadlines and requirements are affected by redistricting in 2022. Please see Page 2 for additional filing information on these offices.
2Judicial officers who are appointed and retained in office, rather than elected, pay only the GEC/SOS fee.
3Independent candidates may file for office only by petition. Upon filing a valid petition and paying the GEC/SOS fee, the candidate’s name will be place directly on the general ballot. An independent candidate must be registered as an unaffiliated voter. Percent requirements for petitions are based upon the total number of registered voters in the district as provided by K.S.A. 25-205 and 25-303. Salary Information Sources: U.S. Senate Secretary, U.S. House of Representatives Chief Clerk; Kansas Division of Personnel Services; Kansas Office of Judicial Administration.