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25-21a01. Municipalities; timing of elections; term of office adjustments; filing fees; municipality defined. (a) On and after January 1, 2017, all primary elections for members of the governing body and other elected officials of any municipality shall be held on the first Tuesday in August of 2017 and on such date thereafter of odd-numbered years, and all general elections for members of the governing body and other elected officials of any municipality shall be held on the Tuesday succeeding the first Monday in November of 2017 of odd-numbered years and on such date thereafter.

(b) The term of members of governing bodies and other elected officials of any municipality that would expire at any time in 2017 shall expire on the second Monday in January of 2018, when newly elected members of the governing body and other newly elected officials shall take office.

(c) The governing body of the municipality shall establish by ordinance or resolution terms of office of elected officials to comply with this act.

(d) Primary elections for any municipality shall be conducted as provided in K.S.A. 25-202, and amendments thereto. A primary election shall only be required as provided in K.S.A. 25-2021 and 25-2108a, and amendments thereto, or as otherwise required by law.

(e) The filing deadline for all candidates for any municipality, unless otherwise provided by law, shall be as provided in K.S.A. 25-205, and amendments thereto.

(f) Any person who meets the qualifications for the office sought may become a candidate for municipal office by filing a declaration of intent to become a candidate with the county election officer accompanied by a filing fee of $20.

(g) "Municipality" means: (1) Any city, consolidated city-county created under K.S.A. 12-340 et seq., and amendments thereto, and K.S.A. 2019 Supp. 12-360 et seq., and amendments thereto, school district, any board of public utilities created under K.S.A. 13-1220 et seq., and amendments thereto, community college, drainage district, extension district created under K.S.A. 2-623 et seq., and amendments thereto, irrigation district, improvement district created under K.S.A. 19-2753 et seq., and amendments thereto, water district created under K.S.A. 19-3501 et seq., and amendments thereto, and hospital district created under K.S.A. 80-2501 et seq., and amendments thereto.

(2) The term does not include any special district where the election of members of the governing body is conducted at a meeting of the special district.

(h) Cities and hospital districts may provide for elections of elected officials in even-numbered years in order to provide for staggered terms of office or for three-year terms of office for elected officials.

History: L. 2015, ch. 88, § 7; L. 2016, ch. 55, § 2; July 1.

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