Kansas elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Kansas held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (4 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (40 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (125 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (1 measures) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: United States House of Representatives elections in Kansas, 2012
Members of the U.S. House from Kansas -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 0 0
     Republican Party 4 4
Total 4 4
District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Republican Party Tim Huelskamp Tim Huelskamp Republican Party Tim Huelskamp No
2nd Democratic Party Tobias Schlingensiepen
Republican Party Lynn Jenkins
Libertarian PartyDennis Hawver
Lynn Jenkins Republican Party Lynn Jenkins No
3rd Republican Party Kevin Yoder
Libertarian PartyJoel Balam
Kevin Yoder Republican Party Kevin Yoder No
4th Democratic Party Robert Leon Tillman
Republican Party Mike Pompeo
Libertarian PartyThomas Jefferson
Mike Pompeo Republican Party Mike Pompeo No
See also: Kansas State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Kansas State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 8 9
     Republican Party 32 31
Total 40 40

See also: Kansas House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state house.

Kansas House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 33 33
     Republican Party 92 92
Total 125 125

See also: Kansas 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA HCR 5017 Taxes Would alter the state's property tax on boats. Approveda
See also: Political recall efforts and Recall campaigns in Kansas

Baxter Springs

Three members of the Baxter Springs, Kansas city council faced a recall. Gary Allen, Ron Costlow, and Ed McAfee were accused of violating the Kansas Open Meetings Act and hiring an expensive taxpayer-funded city attorney.[2]

Kansas recall action in 2012

  • In addition to Baxter Springs, Kansas held three recall elections this year resulting in four officials losing their jobs and one official being retained in office. On February 27 in Basehor, Kansas, Terry Hill lost his position as mayor while Basehor City Council members Dennis Mertz and Iris Dysart were also removed from office.[3]
  • Darlene Johnson of the Plainville Unified School District was recalled from office on August 7 after being accused of "verbally assaulting and committing battery upon" former principal Troy Keiswetter.[4]
  • Also on August 7, Greg York, a city commissioner of Parsons, was retained in office.[5]
  • A recall effort against Larry Wilson, the treasurer of Shawnee County, failed to make the ballot.[6]

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Kansas was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. In the Democratic caucus, independent voters could register as Democrats on caucus day. For Republicans it was a closed caucus. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by July 17, 2012, which was 21 days before the primary took place.[7] (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 21 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 16.[8]

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Resident for at least 21 days prior to election.[9]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Kansas. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[10]


To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the Friday prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.[11]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Kansas is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins 20 days before an election. Ballots must be received by close of polls on Election Day.[12]

See also