Voting

Registering to Vote

You can register to vote at the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall or the Johnson County Election Office.

Please refer to the Johnson County Election Office website for more information on:

Where to Vote

City Hall often serves as a voting location for those who live nearby. Please check the Johnson County Election Office’s website to find your polling place.

Elections

Filing for Office

Candidates for Overland Park City Council must complete and submit the following forms to the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 East Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061.

Candidates may also file by petition. Submit a petition signed by 100 qualified electors of the ward, or by a number of such qualified electors of the ward equal to not less than one percent of the ballots cast in the ward at the last general city election, whichever is less.

Qualifications

To file for office, candidates must be

  • United States citizens.
  • Residents of the Overland Park ward for which they file.
  • Registered to vote.

If elected, council members must continue to reside in the ward for the duration of the term unless removal from the ward is the result of reapportionment.

Filing Fee

First class cities collect a non-refundable $20 filing fee and a non-refundable $50 fee for support of the State Governmental Ethics Commission, in two separate checks.

Candidates filing by petition must pay the $40 fee for support of the Kansas State Government Ethics Commission.

Campaign Signs

Candidates for elected office and their supporters must comply with Overland Park’s sign regulations.

On private property

  • Place signs only with the permission from the property owner or resident.
  • In residential areas (including apartment complexes), signs cannot exceed three square feet in area per face.
  • In commercial or industrial areas, signs cannot exceed 32 square feet in area per face.
  • Signs cannot be placed where they interfere with intersection sight distances.
  • Signs may be displayed on a vehicle, provided they do not interfere with the ability to lawfully operate the vehicle. Vehicles used or designed for the primary purpose of displaying political signs while the car is parked are not allowed.
  • Signs are not allowed in the right of way, which includes the area extending about 11 feet from the back of the street curb and, if there is a sidewalk, at least one foot past the sidewalk. (See below for election exception.)
  • Property owners may remove any sign at any time that is on or adjacent to their property, including the right of way between a sidewalk and street.

On publicly owned land

  • Signs are prohibited in or adjacent to any public park, public facility or publicly-owned land.
  • Signs cannot be affixed to utility poles, tree, street lights, bridges, benches or similar public structures.

On the public right of way during election:

City code prohibits the placement of non-governmental or non-traffic signs in the City right of way.

However, Kansas Statute created an exception to allow the placement of political signs in the City right of way 45 days before and two days after an election.

For the 2019 election season:

  • Signs for the Aug. 7 primary may be posted June 23 through Aug. 9.
  • Signs for the Nov. 6 general election may be posted Sept. 22 through Nov. 8.

Signs placed in city right of way pursuant to the Kansas Statute exception are subject to the following regulations:

  • Signs cannot exceed three square feet in area per face.
  • Signs greater than two feet in height cannot be placed in medians, or within 220 feet of any intersection or commercial driveway.
  • Signs are prohibited in or adjacent to any public park, public facility or publicly-owned land.
  • Signs shall not be placed at or adjacent to any active road construction sites. Construction crews or City employees will remove and dispose of any signs placed in these areas.
  • Signs cannot be affixed to utility poles, trees, street lights, bridges, benches or similar public structures.
  • Signs shall not be placed where they interfere with intersection sight distances.
  • Signs are prohibited in any part of a highway interchange.
  • Signs shall be removed from the right of way by either the candidate or the property owner by the end of the second day after the election.

If you have any questions about the location of any specific right of way or area where signs are not allowed, please email or call the Planner of the Day at 913-895-6217.

To file a complaint about a specific sign or area, use OPCares, the City’s customer service tool, or contact community services at 913-895-6270.