TOPEKA- Governor Jeff Colyer, M.D. today signed House Bill 2539, a bill to reform several aspects of Kansas’ electoral system, including for the first time, a minimum age to run for Governor. Overall, the bill amends the qualifications for candidacy for several statewide elected offices, creates law requiring manual audits of elections, amends law related to the timing of the election canvasses and to electronic voting machines, and amends provisions in election law concerning signatures if the voter has a disability that prevents the individual from signing.
“This bill makes a number of significant changes to our electoral law,” said the Governor. “It helps Kansans with disabilities and includes provisions to keep our elections more secure. Finally, it places reasonable requirements on candidates for a few of our most important statewide offices.”
Kansas was one of only two states without an age limit for the office of Governor. The new requirements, which will not apply until the 2022 election, require that candidates for Governor and Lt. Governor be at least 25 years old and that candidates for Attorney General be licensed to practice law in Kansas.