Elections

Welcome to the City of Topeka Municipal Election page. The following information is provided to guide potential candidates through the election process. The next city election will take place August 6, 2019 (primary election) and November 5, 2019 (general election) for council districts 2, 4, 6, and 8.

The term of office will run 4 years: January 2020 to January 2024. If there are 4 or more qualified candidates for any district, a primary election will be held for that district. The two candidates receiving the greatest number of votes in each district will move on to the general election. If there are 3 or fewer qualified candidates for any district, there is no primary election and all of the individuals move on to the general election.

2019 Primary Election Calendar
2019 General Election Calendar

Elected Officials

The City of Topeka Governing Body consists of the Mayor and nine members of the City Council. All City of Topeka elected officials serve four-year terms, including the Mayor. Elections for City Councilmembers are staggered, with five Councilmembers elected at one time and four Councilmembers elected two years later. There is no limit on the number of terms for elected officials. The annual salary for a member of the Council is $20,000 and the annual salary for Office of the Mayor is $40,000.

The Mayor is the chief elected officer of the city, responsible for providing leadership and taking issues to the people and marshalling public interest in and support for municipal activity. For more information on the responsibilities of the Mayor, visit the Mayor’s webpage or call 785-368-3895.

The City Council has a number of standing committees to review items of business and hear from interested parties. These committees are the Social Service Grants Committee, Policy and Finance Committee, Public Health and Safety Committee and Transient Guest Tax Committee. All members of the Governing Body serve on the Joint Economic Development Organization (JEDO) Board. For more information on the responsibilities of the City Council, please visit the City Council webpage or contact the City Council office at etoyne@topeka.org or call 785-368-3710.

Applying For Office

Individuals interested in filing for office can download the 2019 Candidate Filing Packet or obtain a packet from the Shawnee County Election Office. The filing deadline is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Monday, June 3, 2019.

For additional information on filing requirements, you may:

As a reminder:

  • All candidates are required to file at the Shawnee County Election Office, 3420 SW Van Buren Street.
  • Candidates are encouraged to not sign any of the filing documents before they file; except the petitions.
  • The Shawnee County Election Office only accepts cash or checks (no credit cards)

File Declaration of Intent With Fee

Submit $70 (payable to Shawnee County Election Office) along with a completed Declaration of Intent form to the Shawnee County Election Office. (The total fee consists of a $20 Shawnee County Elections filing fee and a $50 Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fee.)

File by Nomination Petition

In lieu of paying the $20 Shawnee County Elections fee, candidates may choose to complete the Nomination Petition Form and file it with the Shawnee County Election Commissioner along with the $50 Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission fee. Petition must be signed by 50 qualified electors of the council district.

Placement of Political Signs

View information pertaining to the City of Topeka sign regulations for upcoming elections.

Ballot Measures

There are no ballot measures to be considered in 2019 at this time; however, the current Citywide Half Cent Sales Tax was approved by voters on April 7, 2009. The approval authorized an additional half-cent sales tax that commenced on October 1, 2009 and will expire on October 1, 2019. On July 17, 2018, Resolution No. 9032 was approved authorizing the Governing Body to submit to the qualified electors of the City, the question of levying an additional special purpose retailers’ sales tax in the City for the purpose of paying the costs of certain improvements within the City.

The amount of the additional special purpose retailers’ sales tax shall be five-tenths of one percent (0.5%), with the tax taking effect on October 1, 2019 and expiring on October 1, 2029. A special question election was held in the manner prescribed by law at the general election on November 6, 2018, and the following proposition was approved by voters:
Shall the City of Topeka levy an additional retailers’ sales tax in the amount of five-tenths of one percent (0.5%) to be used exclusively for costs of maintenance and improvements of existing City streets, gutters, curbs, sidewalks, alleys and street lighting, provided such tax shall take effect on October 1, 2019 and expire on October 1, 2029?

For the purpose of this resolution, maintenance shall not include snow removal expenses, unless specifically authorized by the Governing Body.