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Where to File For Local Office

Filing Location
Jefferson County Election Office
Clerk's Office
300 Jefferson St.
Oskaloosa, KS

2016 Elections

County, Township and Precinct Committeepersons file at the County Clerk's Office


Guidelines for County and Township Officer Elections

  • County Commissioner candidates are elected on a partisan basis.
  • Candidates may be nominated either by political party nomination or independent nomination. Democratic and Republican candidates must run in the primary and may file by either fee or petition. Candidates of other recognized parties (currently Libertarian and Reform) do not run in the primary, but are nominated for the general election by the party's caucus or convention. Independent candidates do not run in the primary and may file for the general election only by petition. All non-federal candidates must pay report fees, appoint treasurers and file periodic campaign finance reports.

Filing by Fee

The filing fee is either a set amount or based on a percentage of the salary of the office the candidate is seeking. An additional report fee of $50 is required.

The following fees are based on salaries as of August 2015:

County Commissioner- Districts 2 & 3

 Filing Fee (1% of salary)  $216.53
 Report Fee   $50.00
 Total Fee  $266.53

Other Offices Filing Fees

 County Sheriff $709.97
 County Clerk $671.60
 County Treasurer $671.60
 County Register of Deeds $570.20
County Attorney $687.12
 Township Treasurer  $1.00
 Township Trustee  $1.00
 Precinct Committeeperson  No fee
 Improvement District Board of Directors  No fee

Filing by Petition

County candidates filing by petition must have valid signatures of 3% of the party’s registration from the registered voters in their district. County Commissioner’s petitions must contain signatures from within their districts.  Other County officials must have signatures from all County voters.  A report fee of $50 is required. (K.S.A. 25-205(e)(3))

Number of required signatures*:

Commission District #2
 Republican 60
 Democratic  30

Commission District #3

 Republican 51
Democratic 5

  

Documents to be Filed for all County Candidates

Declaration of Intention (Filing Form)

  • Form is provided by and is filed with the Election Office.
  • Election Office sends a copy of the declaration to the Governmental Ethics Commission (GEC) for the purpose of campaign finance reporting.

Statement of Substantial Interest

  • Form is provided by and is filed with the Election Office.
  • Completed form is due no later than ten (10) days after the filing deadline.

Appointment of Treasurer Form

  • Form is provided by the Election Office at the time of filing.
  • Candidates have ten (10) days after filing to appoint a treasurer and an additional ten (10) days to file the Appointment of Treasurer Form.
  • Completed form is filed with the Election Office.
  • Election Office forwards a copy of the completed form to the GEC.
  • Candidates may not take in or spend any campaign funds until the Appointment of Treasurer Form is filed.

GEC Affidavit of Exemption from Filing Receipts and Expenditures Reports

  • Form is provided by the Governmental Ethics Commission and is mailed directly to County candidates.
  • Completed form is due nine (9) days prior to the primary election.
  • Completed form is filed with the Election Office.
  • Election Office forwards a copy of the completed form to the GEC.
  • If a candidate anticipates receiving and spending less than $1000.00 in the Primary Election and anticipates receiving and spending less than an additional $1000.00 in the General Election, he/she can file an Affidavit of Exemption. This affidavit waives the need for a candidate's treasurer to file campaign Receipts and Expenditures Reports.
  • A County Office candidate must appoint a treasurer and file an Appointment of Treasurer Form even if an Affidavit of Exemption is filed.

Receipts and Expenditures Report

  • Reporting form is provided by the GEC and is mailed directly to a candidate's treasurer.
  • Completed reporting form is filed with the Election Office.
  • Election Office forwards a copy of the report to the GEC.
  • During an election cycle, three (3) Receipts and Expenditures Reports are required for County candidates: (1) a pre-primary election report; (2) a pre-general report; and (3) an early January wrap-up report.

Filing Campaign Finance Reports

  • Candidates for local office file reports with the county election officer pursuant to KSA 25-4148 and 25-901.

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