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2017 Local Election Information

Three Lawrence City Commission seats and three USD 497 School Board seats are up for election this year. Due to the number of candidates who have filed for the City Commission seats, a primary election to narrow the field for that race will be held on August 1st. A general election for both the City Commission and School Board races will be held on November 7th.

Important Dates: City and School Board Elections

  • June 1, 2017: Last day for candidates to file at Douglas County Clerk’s Office
  • July 11, 2017: Last day to register to vote in Primary Election
  • July 12, 2017: Advance voting begins for Primary Election
  • August 1, 2017:  Primary Election
  • October 17, 2017: Last day to register for General Election
  • October 18, 2017: Advance voting begins for General Election
  • November 7, 2017: General Election

Important Contacts:

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office is responsible for overseeing all national, state and local elections conducted in Douglas County.

Getting Registered to Vote: State and Local Elections

Finding Your Polling Place

Researching Candidates and Issues

Looking for reliable information on political candidates and issues? Want to know who is running for office? Try these resources!

Candidate List: The list of candidates for local city and school board offices.

League of Women Voters of Lawrence-Douglas County: The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization that supports voter education and issue advocacy.

The Lawrence Journal-World has run a series of profiles on the candidates for Lawrence City Commission:

Get Involved

  • Interested in being a poll worker in Douglas County? Click here for requirements and application information.
  • Interested in running for office in Kansas or Douglas County? Click here for forms and filing information.