Kansas primary election results 2022
Get the latest updates on the 2022 Kansas primaries, including the vote on a constitutional amendment on abortion rights, the US House and Senate primaries, and state races.
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In today’s primaries, voters in Kansas will have the opportunity to cast ballots for the governor and other statewide offices, congressional representatives to be sent to Washington, D.C. and state representatives to serve in Topeka. All Kansas voters — regardless of party affiliation — would also vote on a proposed constitutional amendment that would remove the statewide right to abortion.
Here are live scores in different races across the state:
State-level races: Governor, US Senate, US House of Representatives
Constitutional Amendment in Kansas
The Kansas state constitution currently protects the right to abortion, but this primary required voters to decide on an amendment that would eliminate that protection.
If Kansans vote yes In the ballot and passage of the amendment, the legislature would have the opportunity to impose new restrictions on abortion, which could include banning the procedure. A ban won’t be imposed immediately, but lawmakers will be able to pass it. Earlier this year, a state legislator introduced a bill that would have banned and criminalized nearly all abortions, but it never went through a hearing and died once the legislative session closed in May.
If Kansans vote no And if the amendment is not passed, the legislature will still be barred from passing most legislation that impedes an individual’s access to abortion. Any new restrictions on abortion would need to clear an extremely high level of “strict scrutiny” from the court to become law. Existing abortion restrictions can be challenged in court, but any actual changes to the existing restrictions will depend on a ruling by the Kansas courts that the regulation in question violates the state constitution.
All registered voters can vote, regardless of party affiliation.
The Star answered the most common readers’ questions we received about abortion modification here.
Kansas Secretary of State
The position is currently held by Scott Schwab, a Republican who is running for re-election. He will face Republican candidate Gina Ribas, the only Democrat in the race.
Kansas Attorney General
The attorney general is responsible for enforcing the laws of Kansas and is the state’s chief attorney, filing and defending lawsuits on behalf of the state and issuing legal opinions. The bureau also defends consumers from fraud.
The attorney general serves a term of four years. The position is currently held by Schmidt, a Republican who is now running for governor.
He will face three Republican candidates in the primaries for a chance to replace Schmidt: former federal prosecutor Tony Matvey, and former Lloyd Senator Kelly Warinand. Kansas Secretary of State Chris Kobach.
The primaries represent Kobach’s latest bid after losing bids for the governor and the US Senate.
His goal of becoming the state’s top law enforcement official has drawn scrutiny over his checkered record as a lawyer, which includes being despised by a federal judge and serving as a consultant for a nonprofit whose leaders are accused of fraud.
Kansas State Treasurer
The state treasurer is responsible for managing the state’s funds and acting as the chief banker of some sort for the state. The Office of the State Treasurer handles such items as bond services, cash management, the state’s educational savings program, and unclaimed property. The state’s current treasurer is Lynne Rogers, a Democrat appointed by Kelly in 2021 after Republican Jake Laturner was elected to Congress.
Insurance Commissioner of Kansas
This statewide official is responsible for regulating the insurance policies and securities offered by private companies in Kansas. The position is currently held by Republican Vicki Schmidt.
Kansas home results:
State representatives are the legislators responsible for drafting and voting on legislation. They also help in creating the state budget and putting in place legislation that helps in regulating state agencies. There are 125 state representatives at Kansas House, each serving two-year terms at a time.
Watch live scores from across the state here:
Kansas Board of Education
The state board of education consists of 10 members elected for four-year terms. The council supervises public schools and represents the educational interests of the state. If you don’t know your area, see here.
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This story was originally published August 2, 2022 7:00 p.m.