Volume 41 - Issue 22 - June 2, 2022
State of Kansas
Secretary of State
Notice of Hearing on Proposed Administrative Regulations
A public hearing will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Friday, August 5, 2022, in the second floor auditorium at Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, Kansas, regarding the amendment of Kansas Administrative Regulation 7-36-7 and the adoption of Kansas Administrative Regulation 7-36-9, pertaining to signature verification on mail ballot applications and mail ballot envelopes. The regulations govern procedures if a signature is missing or is inconsistent with the voter’s signatures recorded in the voter registration database, procedures for contacting voters with signature deficiencies, and training requirements for county election staff performing signature verification.
The statutory authority for the Secretary of State to promulgate these regulations are K.S.A. 25-124, K.S.A. 25-440, K.S.A. 25-1122, and K.S.A. 25-1131. The regulations implement provisions of K.S.A. 25-124, K.S.A. 25-433, K.S.A. 25-1122, K.S.A. 25-1123, and K.S.A. 25-1124.
Adopting these regulations imposes only small economic burdens on county election staff and imposes no environmental impact.
This 60-day notice of the public hearing shall constitute a public comment period for the purpose of receiving written public comments on the proposed regulations. Comments may be submitted prior to the hearing to Clay Barker, General Counsel, Office of the Secretary of State, Memorial Hall, 120 SW 10th Ave., Topeka, KS 66612-1594, or to firstname.lastname@example.org. All interested parties will be given a reasonable opportunity at the hearing to present their views. Additionally, interested parties wanting to participate remotely may contact Clay Barker at email@example.com to obtain remote access information. It may be necessary to request each participant to limit any oral presentation to five minutes.
Any individual with a disability may request accommodation to participate in the public hearing and may request the proposed regulations and economic impact statement in an accessible format. Requests for accommodation should be made at least five days in advance of the hearing by contacting Clay Barker at 785-296-3483 or the Kansas Relay Center at 1-800-766-3777.
Copies of the full text of the regulations and economic impact statement may be obtained at the address above for the Office of the Secretary of State or by contacting Lara Murphy, Director of Administrative Regulations and Publications, at 785-296-0082 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The proposed regulations are also available on the Secretary of State’s website at https://www.sos.ks.gov.
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