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No Labels Kansas Officially Recognized as a Political Party in Kansas

Wednesday, January 17, 2024

TOPEKA – Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab said today that No Labels Kansas has met the statutory requirements to become an officially recognized political party in Kansas.

No Labels Kansas met the requirements by submitting a petition containing the signatures of registered voters equal to 2 percent of the total votes cast in the 2022 statewide gubernatorial general election. The signatures on the petition were validated by county election officials who reported their results to the Secretary of State’s office, as stipulated by K.S.A 25-302a.

The last political party to achieve recognition in Kansas was Americans Elect in 2012. It lost official recognition in 2013 when it failed to nominate any candidates in the 2012 elections.

No Labels Kansas joins the Libertarian Party, recognized in 1992, as a minor political party. It cannot participate in the August primary election and instead must nominate candidates for the November general election by convention or caucus. A minor party can become a major party and be entitled to nominate its general election candidates at the August primary, if its governor candidate receives more than five percent of the statewide vote.

With the official recognition of No Labels Kansas, the party is eligible to register voters under its affiliation and nominate candidates for public office as described in K.S.A. 25-301. Kansas voter registration forms have been modified to reflect No Labels Kansas as an option for voter affiliation.

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