Oppose Changes to Local Elections (SB211) – WEDNESDAY
This bill is unnecessary and problematic. SB211 would move local spring elections to coincide with November elections in the even numbered years. (Sadly, the similar HB 2227 was passed out of House Elections Committee today on a 6-6 vote, tie breaker went to Rep. Schwab.) Currently, municipal and school board elections are typically held in the Spring. This would complicate scheduling as new school board members would take office in January – middle of the school year. As amended, this bill would make the elections ‘semi’ non-partisan by allowing the parties to fill vacancies based on the party affiliation of the vacancy. Parties shouldn't elect leaders, people should. Let's keep partisan politics out of local elections and out of our schools.
If you email the Senate Ethics and Elections Committee and leadership leadership:
Use this subject: OPPOSE Changes to Local Elections (SB211)
Paste these emails into your email: Mitch.Holmes@senate.ks.gov, Michael.ODonnell@senate.ks.gov