Seaman school board opposes fall election bill

Seaman says 'no'

TOPEKA (KSNT) – The Seaman Public Schools board of education unanimously approved a resolution Monday night opposing a bill that would move municipal elections to the fall. The vote was posted to the district’s twitter page.

Many have argued that the move would make them partisan. Tonight, USD 345 superintendent, Mike Mathes said if the election is changed, the new board would start in January. He says they would have to spend two to three months getting up to speed in the middle of the year when they should be running a district. 

Proponents of the bill argue combining spring and fall elections would increase voter turnout in city elections and cut costs. Governor Sam Brownback and Secretary of State Kris Kobach have said that they support the proposed legislation.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Wichita Public Schools board was also to take up the issue Monday night. They were to consider a resolution opposing the bill based on a sample resolution from the Kansas Association of School Boards.

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