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  • Kan. House leader expects local elections debate

  • A Kansas House member says lawmakers are likely to debate proposals next year to change the scheduling of local elections around the state.
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  • A Kansas House member says lawmakers are likely to debate proposals next year to change the scheduling of local elections around the state.
    Elections Committee Chairman and Olathe (oh-LAY'-thuh) Republican Scott Schwab said Wednesday there's been House interest in the matter because local elections typically have a low turnout.
    Schwab acknowledges the Kansas Senate has shown little interest in the subject. But that could change, as the 40-member Senate opens the 2013 session with 16 new members.
    General elections for city offices and local school boards are usually held the first Tuesday in April in odd-numbered years, with primaries in late February or early March.
    Schwab said one proposal is to move local general elections to the first Tuesday in November in odd-numbered years.

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