December 3, 2020
A Note From Scott....

We hope this letter finds you and your loved ones in good health. As we near the end of 2020, we wish you a happy holiday season with family and friends, whether together or apart. We look forward to 2021 and the opportunities it brings.

Thank you for the privilege of serving as your Kansas Secretary of State. If we can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office at 785.296.4575 or email Scott.Schwab@.ks.gov.


All my best,
Scott Schwab
Kansas Secretary of State
2020 ELECTION

Similar to the August primary election, the November 3 general election saw historic turnout, despite the Coronavirus pandemic. Local election officials did a fantastic job in making additional improvements for the general election to limit the impact of COVID-19 while maintaining the security of Kansas elections and ensuring the health and wellbeing of voters and election workers.

In the 2020 general election, 1,375,125 votes were cast, meaning 70.9 percent of Kansas voters participated. There were 1,938,560 registered voters prior to the 2020 general election. For reference, roughly 1,225,667 registered voters, or 67.4 percent, participated in the 2016 general election.

2020 General Voting Trends
Advance by mail ballots: 459,229
Advance in-person ballots: 371,854
Election Day in-person ballots: 544,042

Historical General Election Statewide Turnout Figures
2016 | 67.4 percent
2012 | 66.8 percent
2008 | 72.3 percent

Historical Voter Statewide Registration Numbers (General Election)
2016 | 1,817,920
2012 | 1,771,252
2008 | 1,749,756

The 2020 elections reaffirmed that Kansas is a voter-friendly state where voters have multiple options for how to cast their ballot safely and securely. Despite historic challenges, local election officials went above and beyond in preparing for, and executing, the 2020 elections. Although adjustments had to be made to protect the safety and welfare of election workers and the electorate, no substantial changes were made to the administration of Kansas elections. Voters were able to vote the same as they have been able to in previous elections - through an advance by mail ballot, advance in-person, or in-person on election day.

Unlike many states which struggled to implement mail balloting for the first time, Kansas' election system has 25 years of experience with mail ballots and has developed the institutional knowledge, procedures, and infrastructure to securely process the anticipated increase in mail ballot use during the 2020 election cycle. The ability to handle the surge in mail-in ballots throughout Kansas in 2020 demonstrates the election system's capabilities to adapt to shifts in how voters cast their ballots.

Kansas voters should be commended for their participation in the 2020 elections. Kansans exercised their right to vote in historic numbers. Voters were proactive in requesting advance by mail ballots and, also, in returning them. Voters who chose to cast their ballot in-person, whether it be through advance voting or on election day, exceeded figures from previous elections. Additionally, Kansans answered the call to action and volunteered to work as poll workers in the 2020 elections. Most Kansas counties reported they met all election worker needs in their respective counties for the first time in several years!
ELECTORAL COLLEGE TO VOTE ON DECEMBER 14

On December 14, 2020, the Electoral College will gather to cast Kansas' six electoral votes for President of the United States. The meeting will begin at Noon in the House of Representatives Chamber in the Kansas Statehouse. You can watch online here.

Political parties are responsible for the selection of the six electors. The Office of Secretary of State does not play a role in this process. Questions and concerns regarding the selection of the Electoral College electors should be directed to the Kansas Republican Party.

Kansas Republican Party
785.234.3456 - www.kansas.gop
STATE BOARD OF CANVASSERS CERTIFIES ELECTION RESULTS

On November 30, 2020, the Kansas State Board of Canvassers met to certify the results of the 2020 general election. The Kansas State Board of Canvassers, comprised of the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General, voted to certify the results, therefore bringing the 2020 election to a close in Kansas.

The official results of the 2020 general election can be found on our website.
SECRETARY OF STATE WARNS OF MISLEADING BUSINESS MAILING

Our office is aware of a misleading mailing being sent to newly formed Kansas business entities. This mailer is not from the Secretary of State's office or any government agency. The Secretary of State's office corresponds directly with businesses and does not use third parties to conduct business on our behalf.

Many filings and services can be obtained on the Secretary of State's website - sos.ks.gov.

If you have questions about this mailing, or would like further information, please contact our Business Services division at 785.296.4564.
HOLIDAY HOURS NOTICE

Please note our office will be closed on the following dates:

  • Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 - Christmas
  • Friday, January 1 - New Year's Day
Scott Schwab | Kansas Secretary of State
Memorial Hall | 120 S.W. 10th Street, Topeka, KS 66612
785.296.4575 | sos.kansas.gov