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Kansas Elections Conclude – Counting and Finalizing Results Continue

Vote (Nov. 9, 2022) – Yesterday concluded the mid-term elections cycle. In Kansas, all incumbents representing Kansas in Washington, DC, will remain including U.S. Senator Jerry Moran, Tracey Mann serving in Congressional District 1, Jake LaTurner representing Congressional District 2, Sharice Davids continuing to serve in Congressional District 3 and Ron Estes representing Congressional District 4.

The Kansas elections saw mixed results, with Governor Laura Kelly and Lt. Governor David Toland leading in their bid for re-election. The state treasurer will now be former state Representative Steven Johnson (R-Assaria). It appears the incoming attorney general will be former Secretary of State Kris Kobach (R-Lecompton). Also returning to statewide office will be Secretary of State Scott Schwab (R-Overland Park) and State Insurance Commissioner Vicki Schmidt (R-Topeka).

On the state level, the Democrats in the House picked up one seat, making the legislative body's new make-up 85 Republicans and 40 Democrats. These margins are closely watched in legislative make-up as it takes a two-thirds vote of the House, or 84 votes, for both constitutional measures and veto overrides.

Kansans voted to retain all six State Supreme Court Justices up for retention. It appears to have split the outcomes of the two constitutional amendments before them. The first regards giving the Kansas Legislature additional oversight of the administrative rules and regulations process. That ballot initiative appears to have failed by just over 6,000 votes. The second question, which passed by a wide margin, added constitutional protections around the elections and a recall process for county sheriffs in Kansas.

Final votes from mail-in and provisional ballots will continue to be added to the counts into next week. The final results will continue to be certified by each county's elections boards throughout Kansas before the State Board of Canvassers meets to certify the Kansas election results.

The Kansas Hospital Association will continue to keep you informed as we head into the 2023 state and federal sessions.