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Elections iconElection Steps

STEP 1: ELECTION NIGHT

Following election day, our website will continue updating the vote totals through November 14, 2022. The changes in vote totals will reflect advance by mail ballots that are post-marked by close of polls and received by the county election offices by November 14, 2022.

Our website will not update following Monday, November 14. The unofficial results do not and will not include county canvass certified results that include provisional ballots. Final official results will be posted after the State Board of Canvass on the Election Results page.

ELECTION RESULTS ARE UNOFFICIAL

STEP 2: POST-ELECTION AUDIT K.S.A. 25-3009

On November 9, 2022, the Secretary of State shall randomly select one federal, one statewide, one legislative, one county and one constitutional amendment election to be audited in each county.

The Secretary of State will notify each county election office of the races to be audited. The county election office will randomly select the precincts to be audited for each race. The audit shall then be performed manually by the counties and shall review all ballots selected to ensure the hand vote count is identical to the vote count from the tabulators. The audit shall be performed by a sworn election board consisting of bipartisan trained board members. Please contact your county election office for your official county audit results.

Audits must be completed before the county canvass, which must take place by November 21, 2022.

STEP 3: COUNTY CANVASS K.S.A. 25-3101 to 25-3110

The County Board of Canvassers consists of the elected county commissioners in each county. The responsibility of the County Board of Canvassers is to rule on all provisional ballots and then to certify the election results within the county. The canvassing takes place publicly and must be completed no later than thirteen days following the election. Certification of election results by the County Board of Canvassers is required for all elections.

STEP 4: RECOUNT (Optional) K.S.A. 25-3107

Only a candidate can request a recount of their election and any voter who cast a ballot can request a recount of a question submitted election. The person requesting the recount can specify whether the recount will be specific precincts, counties or the entire district; and may specify the method of the recount.

If a district is entirely within one county, the recount must be requested, and bond posted no later than 5:00 pm on the day following the county canvass.

If the district spans more than one county, the recount must be requested by 5:00 pm Friday, November 18, 2022 and bond posted no later than 5:00 pm Monday, November 21, 2022.

If the recount changes the results, the county canvass will reconvene and certify the results of the recount.

ELECTION RESULTS ARE STILL UNOFFICIAL

FINAL STEP: STATE BOARD OF CANVASS K.S.A. 25-3201 to 25-3211

The State Board of Canvassers consists of the Governor, Secretary of State, and Attorney General. The State Board of Canvassers meet following the certification by the County Boards of Canvassers of the election results in each county. The State Board of Canvassers is responsible for certifying the election results for all national and state offices. The meeting takes place publicly and must be completed no later than Thursday, December 1, 2022. Certification of election results by the State Board of Canvassers is required for all primary and general races for national and state offices.

ELECTION RESULTS ARE NOW OFFICIAL

NOTE: The only method to challenge official election results is to file a special type of lawsuit called an Election Contest within 5 days of the final canvass. (K.S.A. 25-1434 to 25-1452)