State and County Election Policies
Partisan Elections - Open and Closed Primary
Who Votes in the Primary Election
Technically, all Crawford County voters may vote in the August Primary election.
The Democratic August Primary Election is open to unaffiliated voters and voters registered as Democrats. Unaffiliated voters may vote in the primary by filling out a new declaration card on Election Day.
The Republican August Primary Election is open only to those registered as Republicans and unaffiliated voters who wish to affiliate as Republicans by filling out a new declaration card on Election Day.
Libertarian, Reform, and Unaffiliated voters are eligible to vote on questions, if any. All relevant non-partisan items and questions also appear on the Democratic and Republican ballots.
Primary voting rules are established by the parties and state law, and are not established by the election office. Voters may cast only one ballot in any election.
Sample Ballot / Polling Place Locations
Sample ballot and polling place locator screen is available on our Election Office website during countywide elections, beginning 20 days prior to the election. Any registered voter can type in their name and date of birth, and view a copy of their sample ballot along with the location of their polling place on Election Day.
Rotation of Candidate Names on Ballot
Kansas law requires that candidate names be rotated by precinct. Note: Precinct Committee persons and 3rd Class Cities candidates are not rotated. The rotation formula begins with the county in alphabetical order by city, ward, and precinct (CWP) and candidates for a given contest in alphabetical order. CWP's for the contest are identified, including the number of eligible voters per precinct. Total eligible voters are divided by the number of candidates to determine the number of voters in each rotation. The initial rotation sequence is in candidate alphabetical order.
When a voter chooses to vote for a write-in candidate not printed on the ballot, each candidate must be individually reviewed to determine eligibility status. The list of write-in candidates will be available after the election canvass following Election Day.
Provisional ballots are voted when a voter's registration is in question, or when our records indicate the voter was already sent an advance ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed in special envelopes at the polls and must be individually researched and verified at the Election Office prior to presenting them to the Board of Canvassers.
Unofficial Election Results
The timeliness of reporting election results in Crawford County is dependent on: number of voters in line when the polls close at 7:00 p.m.; number of voting machines reporting results; and number of candidates and contests on the ballot.
The first unofficial partial result summary usually is by 7:30 P.M. and is posted on this website and the Elections Facebook page. This summary will include all advance votes. This information will be updated periodically throughout the evening until all voting machines have reported results into the central election computer. Final official election results will be available following certification by the Board of Canvassers.
Candidates have several options for receiving unofficial election results: view the results on the Election Office website and Elections Facebook page; request a telephone call from the Election Office; or receive the results in person at the Election Office.
Final Official Election Results
The Board of Canvassers canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9:00 A.M. at the County Courthouse, 111 E Forest, Girard. The Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the final official election results.