County Clerk & Elections
Early Voting will begin on October 24, 2022 at the Courthouse at 315 S Main, Ottawa, KS for all registered voters of Franklin County.
Early Voting Dates and Times:
Monday, October 24, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Thursday, October 27, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Friday, October 28, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Saturday, October 29, 2022 9AM-1PM
Monday, October 31, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 8AM-7PM
Wednesday, November 2, 2022 8AM-7PM
Thursday, November 3, 2022 8AM-7PM
Friday, November 4, 2022 8AM-4:30PM
Saturday, November 5, 2022 9AM-1PM
Monday, November 7, 2022 8AM-Noon
Call the Election Office with any questions at 785-229-3410.
Sample Ballots can be found at votekansas.gov by viewing your registration in the Voter View tool.
Use the Advance Voter option on the left side of the screen if you would like to apply for a ballot by mail. They will be mailed out beginning on October 19, 2022.
Party changes are now being accepted following the Primary Election. The last day to change your party affiliation for the Primary Election is June 10, 2022 at noon. No party affiliation changes will be accepted between June 11, 2022 and September 1, 2022.
The Franklin County Election Office will hold the 2022 General Election audit at 1PM on Tursday, November 10, 2022. They will meet in room 106 in the courthouse. Please contact the County Clerk's Office with questions.
The Franklin County Board of Canvassers will meet to canvass the 2022 General Election on November 16, 2022 at approximately 9:30AM immediately following the Regular County Commission meeting in the 2nd Floor Historic Courtroom at 315 S Main, Ottawa. This meeting of the Board of Canvassers is open to the public. The election results will be certified at this meeting.
The county clerk, an elected position, plays a unique role in county government. The Kansas Constitution and Kansas Statutes place a great amount of legal responsibility on the position.
- Acts as a secretary to the Board of County Commissioners, either in person or by deputy
- Keeps the seal
- Records the papers of the board
- Signs the records of proceedings and attests to them with the seal of the county
- Repository for all Board records
County Election Officer
County election officer is responsible for:
- All local elections
- Voter registration
- Voter history
- Candidates filing for local offices
- Campaign expense reports
- Advance voting applications and mailings
- Election results
Freedom of Information
The County Clerk is the County Freedom of Information Officer (FIO). As the FIO, the County Clerk is responsible for:
- Providing educational materials and information concerning the Kansas Open Records Act
- Assisting to resolve questions relating to the opens records act
- Responding to inquiries relating to the Kansas Open Records Act
The county clerk must finalize the assessed values on all real estate and personal property in the county and maintains tax accounts. After the tax levies are set, special assessments are applied. Then the county clerk prepares the tax roll and tax statements.
The Clerk's Office also processes all Neighborhood Revitalization Applications.
- By law the clerk shall observe all claims against the county, certify that the budget is available to cover all claims, and charge the county treasurer with those claim payments
- The clerk shall have a good working knowledge of all county department budgets and expenditures in order to present the claims to the county commissioners
- The clerk, for audit purposes, must keep clear audit trail for the accounting of all receipts and disbursements
- All account payables are processed twice a month
- Balance, distribute and certify motor vehicle tax
- Assist in budget preparation of 33 various tax entities in the county
- Gather information for the annual independent audit by a CPA hired by the county commissioners
- Prepares and issues 1099s