Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: 2019 Local Elections
The 2020 presidential election is already getting lots of press. But local voters will decide several important races in 2019. Note: all local races are nonpartisan.
In Johnson County, elections will be held in these races:
- All cities: mayor and/or council
- All school boards (Blue Valley, DeSoto, Eudora, Gardner Edgerton, Olathe, Shawnee Mission, Spring Hill and Wellsville)
- Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees
- WaterOne Board
In Wyandotte County, voters will elect representatives for:
- Unified Government
- Board of Public Utilities
- School boards (Districts 202, 203, 204 and 500)
- KCK Community College Board of Trustees
- Mayor and/or city council (Bonner Springs, Edwardsville, Lake Quivira)
- Water One Board
The general election is set for November 5. If more than two candidates file for the same position, a primary election will be held on August 6.
Check your county election office for updates.
- June 3: Candidate filing deadline
Fall Primary Election (If more than two candidates file for the same position, a primary election will be held on August 6. A primary election narrows the field of candidates.)
- July 16: Voter registration closes for primary election
- July 17: Advance voting by mail begins
- July 29: Advance voting in person begins
- August 6: Primary Election Day
Fall General Election
- October 15: Voter registration closes for general election
- October 16: Advance voting by mail begins
- October 28: Advance voting in person begins
- November 5: General Election Day
The Johnson County Election Office offers three ways to cast your vote:
- Register to vote
- Confirm your voter registration
- Apply for a mail-in ballot
- Preview your sample ballot (20 days before election)
- Nonpartisan election resource: Use LWV’s vote411.org to view candidate profiles
NOTE: Do you vote a paper ballot? Be sure to follow all instructions; especially be sure to sign the return ballot envelope.
In the August 2016 Primary Election. 2,349 paper ballots (advance and provisional) were challenged. The Board of Canvassers accepted the Election Office’s recommendation to count or not to count those ballots. Of the 898 recommended NOT to count, 219 were not registered to vote. There were 272 who had “incorrect party affiliation change” which is only an issue in primary elections. Some ballots were not accepted due to problems with the return envelope, such as the envelope was not signed or signature did not match the one on file, incomplete information, photo ID was not shown to election worker, or voter had already voted. See a sample return envelope for guidance.
Use the election office website to check your voter registration, confirm your polling place, learn what districts you live in, the names of your representatives, and view the list of candidates for upcoming elections. You may also view a sample ballot, which is posted 20 days prior to an election.
- Johnson County Election Office
- Find your Legislator View the roster of Senate and House elected officials at the Kansas Statehouse
- Guidelines for distributing advance ballot applications