Elizabeth Ensley Deiter

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Elizabeth Ensley Deiter
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Court Information:
Kansas Twenty-Second Judicial District
Title:   Magistrate judge
Appointed by:   Gov. Sam Brownback
Active:   2012-1/13/2019
Preceded by:   Steven Deiter
Past post:   Election commissioner, Shawnee County
Past term:   1992-2012
Personal History
Undergraduate:   Washburn University
Candidate 2014:
Candidate for:  District 22
Position:  Magistrate 3
State:  Kansas
Election information 2014:
Party:   Republican
Incumbent:  Yes
Primary date:  8/5/2014
Primary vote:  50.5%ApprovedA
Election date:  11/4/2014
Election vote:  ApprovedA

Elizabeth "Libby" Ensley Deiter is magistrate judge for the Twenty-Second Judicial District in Kansas. She was appointed by Governor Sam Brownback on August 17, 2012, to replace her husband, Steven Deiter.[1] She was elected to a full term in 2014 that expires on January 13, 2019.[2]


Deiter graduated from Washburn University.[1]


Deiter worked as the Shawnee County election commissioner from 1992 until she was appointed to the court in 2012.[1]



See also: Kansas judicial elections, 2014
Deiter ran for re-election to the Twenty-Second Judicial District.
Primary: She was defeated in the Republican primary on August 5, 2014, receiving 50.5 percent of the vote. She competed against Scott Anson.
General: She was unopposed in the general election on November 4, 2014.[2][3]

Only a 14-vote difference separated the candidates after the primary.[3]


On January 19, 2010, she announced her candidacy for the statewide office of secretary of state, challenging Democrat Chris Biggs, who was appointed to the position by Governor Mark Parkinson. Ensley lost the Republican nomination to Kris Kobach on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, receiving twenty-seven percent of the vote.

See also: Kansas Secretary of State election, 2010
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2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary[4]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Kris Kobach (R) 50.7%
Elizabeth Ensley (R) 27.0%
J.R. Claeys (R) 22.3%
Total votes 308,776


Election errors

In the run up to the 2008 state primary election contest, Ensley's office allotted forty-three Federal service ballots in an incorrect column, thus preventing optical scanning voting machines from uploading their results properly. This oversight, which Ensley attributed to simple human error, resulted in four-thousand ballots not being counted.[5]

Three months later, during the general election, an election board worker from Ensley's office inadvertently misplaced fourteen provisional ballots in the trunk of her car.[6] Ensley admitted to the mistake and said that it should never have happened.[7]

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