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State of Kansas

History of Reform Efforts: Kansas

Active Organizations

Johnson Countians for Justice
Johnson Countians for Justice is a non-partisan committee dedicated to keeping special interest politics out of the courts. In 2008, the committee mounted a successful campaign in opposition to a ballot initiative that would have replaced merit selection of Johnson County judges with partisan elections.

Kansas Appleseed Center for Law and Justice
Kansas Appleseed is researching a number of aspects of state judicial elections. Because the state appoints its appellate bench and half of its district court bench, Kansas Appleseed is comparing the elected and appointed benches. It is also investigating the toll that politicking takes on judges in elected counties, including the funding sources for judicial elections and the work that the judge must do as a candidate. Finally, Kansas Appleseed is interested in how voters perceive judicial elections and what factors sway them in choosing judicial candidates.

Kansas Bar Association

League of Women Voters of Kansas
The Kansas League of Women Voters is a non-partisan, grassroots, volunteer and political organization with eight local Leagues across the state. For 85 years, the Kansas league has encouraged the informed and active participation of citizens in government and have influenced public policy through education and advocacy. As a non-partisan organization, the League of Women Voters of Kansas does not support or oppose any candidate or political party.