Elections 2020

November School Board Review focuses on upcoming annual KASB Convention

During such a roller-coaster year, school board members need some time to reflect and recharge with fellow board members from across the state. That’s what the 2020 KASB Convention aims for and that’s what the November issue of School Board Review is all about. The issue provides details about the virtual convention, which which will be held from Dec. 2-4. Named “Creating Communities,” the annual convention will move the usual breakout sessions, Delegate Assembly meetings, keynote speakers and more to an online platform. But in order to avoid zoom fatigue, many features will be pre-recorded so that you can participate when...

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Join KASB Advocacy staff at noon Wednesday for analysis of Kansas election results

What will the 2020 election results mean for Kansas public schools? Find out at noon Wednesday (Nov. 4) when the KASB Advocacy team during a zoom session analyzes the Kansas vote tallies. To join the discussion, go to this link. In addition to the presidential contest, voters were selecting state legislators, State Board of Education members, U.S. House members and one U.S. Senator. KASB’s Mark Tallman, associate executive director for advocacy; Leah Fliter, director of governmental relations and Scott Rothschild, communications editor, will review the results and what they might mean for public education when the 2021 Legislature convenes in January.

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Deadline to apply for mail-in ballot approaches

The deadline to apply for an advance ballot by mail is today (Tue. Oct. 27). For advance mail-in ballots to be counted, they must be postmarked on or before Election Day, Nov. 3 and be received by Fri. Nov. 6. To request a ballot, you can go to this link. The number of people voting in advance by mail and in person is surpassing previous records, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s office. As of Friday, 494,698 ballots had been mailed, 188,279 returned and 105,724 ballots had been cast in person. At this point in the last presidential election year, 2016,...

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Voting deadlines approaching as balloting starts next week

Are you ready to vote? Education leaders are encouraged to participate in the upcoming general election as voting starts next week. And for Kansans who aren't registered to vote, the clock is ticking. If unregistered, Tuesday (Oct. 13) is the last day to register to vote. To register to vote, go here. If you are unsure if you are registered, you can check your status here. Advance voting will start the next day -- Wednesday, Oct. 14 -- and to check your county's advance voting locations, go here. Also on Wednesday, Oct. 14, the Kansas Secretary of State's Office will start mailing ballots...

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Voting Matters: Deadline approaches to register to vote; mail-in balloting will start soon

In Kansas, there are several ways to cast a ballot in the upcoming election. You can either vote by mail, or vote early in person or you can vote in person at your polling place on Election Day, which is Nov. 3. But you can’t vote if you’re not registered to vote. If you are not already registered to vote, you have until Oct. 13 to do so. If you need to register, would like to confirm you are registered, or want to request a mail-in ballot, you can go to www.ksvotes.org, which is a non-partisan non-profit organization. The state also...

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KASB has candidate list, issues overview to assist members

As the 2020 election campaign enters its final weeks, KASB members should be talking with candidates about supporting K-12 public education. KASB has prepared a list of 2020 General Election candidates organized by school district and KASB region to assist you in identifying your local candidates. We’ve also prepared an issues overview and a 15-minute YouTube video of the major issues facing public schools.  There will be at least 20 new members in the 125-member Kansas House of Representatives and at least 10 new state Senators. The Kansas State Board of Education will see at least one new member. Kansas...

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KASB Advocacy Update set for noon today (Fri. Sept. 4)

Before you start your Labor Day weekend, join KASB for an Advocacy Update at noon today (Fri. Sept. 4). The KASB Advocacy staff will review developments of the KASB Legislative Committee, state audits on membership dues, lobbying and bilingual education, the upcoming election, interim legislative committee work on the emergency management act, foster care, mental health and more. There is no registration fee for the zoom session, but pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. The advocacy session is available to all who receive the KASB News Briefs, including board members,...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon today will cover numerous K-12 issues

Please join us at noon today (Fri. Aug. 21) for the KASB Advocacy Update, which will cover a wide range of developing education issues, including those surrounding back to school plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will be held via zoom. Here is a link to register. Among the topics to be discussed are: start dates and conditions for returning to school; the state budget; federal COVID aid and developments at the federal level on additional school funding; the push to count every Kansan for the Census; the primary election results and emphasis on voter turnout for November and much...

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KASB Advocacy Update at noon Friday to cover wide range of developing education issues

The KASB Advocacy Update this week will cover a wide range of developing education issues, including those surrounding back to school plans during the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will be held via zoom at noon Friday (Aug. 21). Here is a link to register. Among the topics to be discussed are: start dates and conditions for returning to school; the state budget; federal COVID aid and developments at the federal level on additional school funding; the push to count every Kansan for the Census; the primary election results and emphasis on voter turnout for November and much more. Please join us for...

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Postal Service official advises Kansans voting by mail to cast ballots as early as possible

As voting by mail skyrockets amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Postal Service recently warned that some Kansas voters’ mail-in ballots may not be counted in the November general election because of postal delivery times and state mail-in voting deadlines.  Kansas was one of 46 states notified by the Postal Service and one of 40 states in which it raised serious concerns, according to an article by the Washington Post.  “In particular, we wanted to note that, under our reading of Kansas’ election law, certain deadlines for requesting and casting mail-in ballots are incongruous with the Postal Service’s delivery standards,” Thomas...

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