HOUSE BILL No. 2214
An Act concerning elections; relating to handling ballots
after canvass; establishing
write-in boards; amending K.S.A. 25-3008 and repealing the
Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
Section 1. K.S.A. 25-3008 is hereby
amended to read as follows: 25-
3008. Before leaving the voting place the supervising judge shall
that the election supplies and ballots that are to be returned have
packaged, packed and separated as provided in this section:
(a) All ballots both voted and unvoted,
except void, objected to and
provisional ballots, shall be placed in bags or sacks. Such bags or
shall be sealed and appropriately labeled. The method of sealing
labeling shall be a method approved by the secretary of state and
by the county election officer.
(b) Ballots that are spoiled and returned
by the voter shall be marked
``spoiled'' on the back thereof and shall be placed in the bags or
specified in subsection (a) of this section.
(c) Provisional ballot envelopes
containing ballots, with applications
for registration attached, shall be placed in an appropriately
velope, and shall be sealed as in subsection (a) of this
(d) Objected to ballots shall be placed
in an appropriately labeled
envelope, and shall be sealed as in subsection (a) of this
(e) Ballots that are cast but not counted
shall be marked ``void'' on
the back thereof and shall be placed in the same envelope that
objected to ballots.
(f) Ballots specified in subsections (a)
and (b) shall be separately pack-
aged from ballots specified in subsections (c), (d) and (e).
(g) Poll books, registration books, party
affiliation lists, tally sheets,
abstracts and election supplies not listed in the preceding
this section shall be returned sealed but not packaged with the
specified in subsections (a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f).
(h) (1) If upon receiving the
sealed bags or sacks of ballots after the
original canvass, the county election officer discovers that the
conducted the original canvass failed to provide a tally sheet
votes, the county election officer may appoint a special
write-in board to
unseal the ballots and count any write-in votes which appear on
lots. Such write-in votes shall be reported to the county
who shall include them with the official results of the
election. When the
board completes its tally of write-in votes, the bags or sacks
shall be re-
(2) The special write-in board shall
be appointed by the county elec-
tion officer from the election boards of the county or from a
pool of trained
board workers maintained by the county election officer. One
the board shall be designated by the county election officer as
vising judge, and the remaining members of the board shall be of
political parties to the extent practicable.
Sec. 2. K.S.A. 25-3008 is hereby
Sec. 3. This act shall take effect
and be in force from and after its
publication in the statute book.
Approved April 10, 2003.