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Fluoride Free Kansas is collecting online petition signatures for a long-term campaign to organize throughout the state; and to continually reach-out to an increasing number of Kansans that oppose fluoridation. Petition signers maybe notified of upcoming meetings, related local news, upcoming political decisions and more.
Your signature on this petition affirms your long-term opposition to fluoridation of our public water supplies. While your information will otherwise be kept private – Fluoride Free Kansas may share your contact information with the leaders of other state opposition groups, for the express purpose of reaching out and coordinating the efforts of citizens like you, in your own community. Wherever you live – we wish to help. The timetable for presentation of signatures to local and state leaders is not predetermined and the timing for their release will be contingent upon a variety of factors (always in flux); including the quantity of signatures recorded for a given area, timing to be viable, and to exert the most political gravity possible.
Fluoride Free Kansas endeavors to be the point-source for fluoride opposition in our state – a centralized source of relevant news, a platform to facilitate communications between other groups, planning ground games and political action. High-tech and novel campaigning methods, as well as to provide a publishing platform for fluoridation opponents.
We invite other opposition groups in the State of Kansas and elsewhere to reach out to us!
First read the full text of the petition by hitting the button, Click Here to Sign Now! – in the upper right-hand corner. Petition text is subject to minor revision – with the understanding that your opposition to fluoridation is not subject to change. Please check your e-mail address immediately after submitting your petition. Your address must be validated in order for your petition to be recorded.
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Relevant Kansas Statutes
Statute 12-3013: Petition for proposed ordinance; requirements; passage or election; form of ballot; approval, effect; amendment or repeal; publication.
(a) Except as provided in subsection (e), a proposed ordinance may be submitted to the governing body of any city accompanied by a petition as provided by this section. Such petition shall be signed by electors equal in number to at least 25% in cities of the first class, and 40% in cities of the second and third class; of the electors who voted at the last preceding regular city election as shown by the poll books and shall contain a request that the governing body pass the ordinance or submit the same to a vote of the electors. Such ordinance and petition shall be filed with the city clerk.
→ Kansas has 627 incorporated cities. By state statute, cities are divided into three classes as determined by the population obtained “by any census of enumeration.” A city of the third class has a population of less than 5,000, but cities reaching a population of more than 2,000 may be certified as a city of the second class. The second class is limited to cities with a population of less than 25,000, and upon reaching a population of more than 15,000, they may be certified as a city of the first class. First and second class cities are independent of any township and are not included within the township’s territory. Source
The signatures on the petition need not all be appended to one paper, but each signer shall include the signer’s place of residence, giving the street and number (if there are street numbers). One person signing each paper shall make oath before an officer competent to administer oaths that such person believes the statements therein and that each signature to the paper appended is the genuine signature of the person whose name it purports to be. If the petition accompanying the proposed ordinance is signed by the required number of electors qualified to sign, the governing body shall either
(a) pass such ordinance without alteration within 20 days after attachment of the clerk’s certificate to the accompanying petition; or
(b) if not passed within 20 days, forthwith call a special election, unless a regular city election is to be held within 90 days thereafter, and at such special or regular city election submit the ordinance, without alteration, to the vote of the electors of the city.
(b) The ballots used when voting upon the ordinance shall set forth the proposed ordinance in full or submit the proposed ordinance by title generally descriptive of the contents thereof. Each proposed ordinance set forth in full or submitted by title generally descriptive of the contents thereof shall be preceded by the words,
“Shall the following be adopted?”
If there is more than one proposed ordinance to be voted upon, the different proposed ordinances shall be separately numbered and printed, and the ballots shall conform to the requirements of K.S.A. 25-605 and amendments thereto.
(c) If a majority of the qualified electors voting on the proposed ordinance votes in favor thereof, such ordinance shall thereupon become a valid and binding ordinance of the city. Any ordinance proposed by a petition as herein provided and passed by the governing body or adopted by a vote of the electors, shall not be repealed or amended except
(1) by a vote of the electors, or
(2) by the governing body, if the ordinance has been in effect for 10 years from the date of publication, if passed by the governing body, or from the date of the election, if adopted by a vote of the electors. Any number of proposed ordinances may be voted upon at the same election, in accordance with the provisions of this section, but there shall not be more than one special election in any period of six months for such purpose. Mayors having veto power shall not veto any such ordinance, and if passed by the council or commission the mayor shall sign the ordinance.
(d) The governing body may submit a proposition for the repeal of any such ordinance, or for amendments thereto, to be voted upon at any succeeding regular city election. If such proposition so submitted receives a majority of the votes cast thereon at such election, such ordinance shall thereby be repealed or amended accordingly. Whenever any ordinance or proposition is required by this act to be submitted to the electors of the city at any election, the city shall cause such ordinance or proposition to be published once each week for two consecutive weeks in the official city paper. Such publication shall be not more than 20 or less than five days before the election. Any ordinance heretofore passed or made effective by election under the provisions of section 12-107 of the General Statutes of 1949 shall continue in effect but may be amended or repealed as herein provided.
(e) The provisions of this section shall not apply to:
(1) Administrative ordinances;
(2) ordinances relating to a public improvement to be paid wholly or in part by the levy of special assessments; or
(3) ordinances subject to referendum or election under another statute.
History: L. 1959, ch. 64, § 13; L. 1979, ch. 57, § 1; L. 1981, ch. 173, § 31; July 1.
Statute 25-601: Specifications for official general ballots.
The secretary of state shall prescribe the ballot format but ballots shall contain the information required by this section and be substantially in the form set out in this section. The official general ballot for national, state, county and township offices may be printed upon one ballot. All official general ballots shall be printed in black ink on paper through which the printing or writing cannot be read. Such ballots shall be printed on white paper or paper colored as authorized by rules and regulations adopted by the secretary of state.
On the back or outside of each official general ballot, so as to appear when folded, shall be printed the words,
“Official General Ballot”
Followed by the words,
“National, State, County and Township Offices“
Followed by the voting place for which the ballot is prepared and the date of the election.
No person’s name shall appear on the back or outside of a ballot. All nominations made and certified as provided by law, and none other, shall be printed on the official general ballot. The names of candidates for every office to be voted for at the general election shall be arranged under the office to which each has been nominated.
History: R.S. 1923, 25-601; L. 1968, ch. 406, § 104; L. 1973, ch. 151, § 1; L. 1981, ch. 165, § 3; L. 1992, ch. 291, § 1; July 1.
Statute 25-605: Ballot form for constitutional amendments.
When a constitutional amendment is to be submitted to the voters of the state, a separate ballot may be provided by the county election officers or the proposition may be combined with the official general ballot provided for in K.S.A. 25-601, and amendments thereto. If such propositions are printed on a separate ballot, such ballot shall comply with the requirements for ballots for election of officers insofar as such requirements are applicable.
The secretary of state shall prescribe the ballot format but a ballot shall include the information required by this section and be substantially in the form specified in this section.
The statement expressing the intent or purpose of the proposition and the effect of a vote for and a vote against the proposition, followed by the words “Shall the following be adopted?” shall be printed on the ballot immediately preceding the full text of the proposed constitutional amendment. If there is more than one constitutional amendment to be voted upon, the different amendments shall be separately numbered and printed, and be separated by a broad solid line 1/8th inch wide or by double lines approximately 1/8th inch apart.
Opposite and after each amendment, submitted shall be printed two squares, one above the other.
To the right of the upper one of the squares shall be printed the word “Yes,” and to the right of the lower one of the squares shall be printed the word “No.”
Across the entire width of the ballot, preceding such proposition or propositions, shall be printed the following instructions:
“To vote in favor of any question submitted upon this ballot, make a cross or check mark in the square to the left of the word ‘Yes‘; to vote against it, make a cross or check mark in the square to the left of the word ‘No‘.”
On the back of each ballot shall be printed, in addition to other required matters the words, “Questions Submitted.“
If such propositions are printed on a separate ballot, county election officers may cause to be printed on the outside of such ballots “Ballot No._______” with the blank filled with a number to aid in distinguishing such ballots when more than one question submitted ballot is voted upon at a voting place.
History: L. 1893, ch. 78, § 16; L. 1897, ch. 129, § 16; L. 1901, ch. 177, § 7; R.S. 1923, 25-605; L. 1968, ch. 406, § 108; L. 1971, ch. 126, § 1; L. 1972, ch. 133, § 1; L. 1978, ch. 137, § 2; L. 1979, ch. 109, § 1; L. 1981, ch. 166, § 2; L. 1992, ch. 291, § 2; L. 1993, ch. 68, § 1; July 1.
Statute 25-620: Ballot form for propositions or questions, except constitutional amendments.
Except for propositions to amend the constitution, when a proposition or question is to be submitted to the voters of the state or any part thereof, a separate ballot shall be provided by the county election officers except that when such proposition or question is to be submitted at an election conducted at the time of the holding of an election of officers such proposition may be printed on the ballot for the election of such officers.
The secretary of state shall prescribe the ballot format but the ballot shall substantially comply with the requirements for ballots for election of officers insofar as such requirements are applicable and the provisions of this section. On the ballot there shall be printed the proposition or question to be voted on.
Each proposition or question shall be preceded by the words,
“Shall the following be adopted?“
If there is more than one proposition or question to be voted on, the different propositions or questions shall be separately numbered and printed, and be separated by a broad solid line 1/8th inch wide or by double lines approximately 1/8th inch apart.
Opposite and after each proposition and question shall be printed two squares, one above the other. To the right of the upper one of the squares shall be printed the word “Yes,” and to the right of the lower one of the squares shall be printed the word “No.”
Across the entire width of the ballot, at the top, shall be printed the following instructions:
“To vote in favor of any question submitted upon this ballot, make a cross or check mark in the square to the left of the word ‘Yes'; to vote against it, make a cross or check mark in the square to the left of the word ‘No’.”
On the back of each such ballot shall be printed, in addition to other required matters, the words,
County election officers shall cause to be printed on the outside of question submitted ballots:
“Ballot No.________” with the blank filled with a number to aid in distinguishing such ballots when more than one question submitted ballot is voted upon at a voting place.
History: L. 1981, ch. 166, § 4; L. 1983, ch. 122, § 1; L. 1992, ch. 291, § 7; July 1.
Statute 25-3601: Application to both state and local elections; determination of sufficiency of petitions; signatures; question to be submitted filed with county or district attorney prior to circulation; determination of legality of form; application of other statutes; copies of statutes to be provided.
(a) Subject to the provisions of subsection (d), if a petition is required or authorized as a part of the procedure applicable to the state as a whole or any legislative election district or to any county, city, school district or other municipality, or part thereof, the provisions of K.S.A. 25-3601 et seq., and amendments thereto, shall apply. The sufficiency of each signature and the number thereof on any such petition shall be determined in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 25-3601 to 25-3607, inclusive, and amendments thereto, by the county election officer or such other official as designated in the applicable statute.
Except as provided herein, a copy of any petition requesting an election in any political or taxing subdivision of the state shall be submitted to the office of the county attorney of the county or district attorney of the district in which all or the greater portion of the political or taxing subdivision is located. If a county counselor has been appointed in the county or district, the petition shall be submitted to the county counselor.
The petition shall be submitted either by hand-delivery or by certified mail, return receipt requested. Such petition shall contain the question to be submitted at the election.
Within five business days following submission of the petition, the county counselor, county attorney or district attorney shall furnish a written advisory opinion as to the legality of the form of the question contained on the petition.
There shall be a rebuttable presumption that the form of any question approved by the county counselor, county attorney or district attorney complies with the requirements of this act. If such opinion is not furnished within five days of submission of the question, the form of the question shall be deemed in compliance with the requirements of this act.
If the advisory opinion states that the form of the question contained in the petition does not comply with the requirements of this act, such advisory opinion shall also state specific grounds to support such determination.
Nothing in this subsection shall be construed as prohibiting the circulation of a petition for signatures or the filing of such petition with the county election officer prior to obtaining the advisory opinion required by this subsection.
(b) Any person challenging the validity of the form of a question shall have the burden of proving in the district court that the form of the question is invalid.
(c) The form of any question in a petition requesting an election on or protesting an ordinance, or resolution, adopted by the governing body of any county, city, school district or other municipality shall be presumed to be valid and in compliance with the requirements of K.S.A. 25-3601 et seq., and amendments thereto, if such petition states the title, number and exact language of the ordinance, or resolution, and the title of such petition states:
“Shall the following ordinance, or resolution, become effective?“
(d) When any other statute imposes specific requirements which are different from the requirements imposed by K.S.A. 25-3601 et seq., and amendments thereto, the provisions of the specific statute shall control. The county election officer or other official with whom the petition is required to be filed in accordance with the applicable statute shall give to persons requesting information regarding the filing of petitions a copy of K.S.A. 25-620 and article 36 of chapter 25 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated, and amendments thereto.
(e) Any action challenging the validity of the form of a question in a petition shall be filed in the district court within 20 days after such petition has been filed with the county election officer.
The court shall render an opinion in any action filed to challenge the validity of the form of a question in a petition within 20 days after the date such action is filed with the court.
(f) The provisions of K.S.A. 25-3601 et seq., and amendments thereto, shall not apply to recall petitions as described in K.S.A. 25-4301 et seq., and amendments thereto.
History: L. 1970, ch. 147, § 1; L. 1989, ch. 107, § 4; L. 1992, ch. 194, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 141, § 1; L. 2007, ch. 125, § 3; July 1.
Statute 25-3601a: Section was amended twice in 1989 session
History: L. 1970, ch. 147, § 1; L. 1989, ch. 106, § 9; Repealed, L. 1990, ch. 128, § 1; July 1.
Statute 25-3602: Petition documents; where filed; successive filings; contents; verification; circulator; withdrawal of signature; void after 180 days; time of election; determination of number of signatures.
(a) Each petition shall consist of one or more documents pertaining to a single issue or proposition under one distinctive title. The documents shall be filed with the county election officer or other official, if another official is designated in the applicable statutes. The filing shall be made at one time all in one group. Later or successive filings of documents relating to the same issue or proposition shall be deemed to be separate petitions and not a part of any earlier or later filing.
(b) Unless otherwise specifically required, each petition shall:
(1) State the question which petitioners seek to bring to an election in the form of a question as it should appear upon the ballot in accordance with the requirements of K.S.A. 25-620 and K.S.A. 25-3601, and amendments thereto;
(2) Name the taxing subdivision or other political subdivision in which an election is sought to be held;
(3) Contain the following recital above the spaces provided for signatures:
“I have personally signed this petition. I am a registered elector of the state of Kansas and of <here insert name of political or taxing subdivision> and my residence address is correctly written after my name.“
The recital shall be followed by blank spaces for the signature, residence address and date of signing for each person signing the petition.
When petitioners are required by law to possess qualifications in addition to being registered electors, the form of the petition shall be amended to contain a recital specifying the additional qualifications required and stating that the petitioners possess the qualifications; and
(4) Contain the following recital, at the end of each set of documents carried by each circulator:
“I am the circulator of this petition and a resident of the state of Kansas and possess the qualifications of an elector of the state of Kansas. I have personally witnessed the signing of the petition by each person whose name appears thereon.”
Signature of Circulator
Circulator’s Residence Address
The recital of the circulator of each petition shall be verified upon oath or affirmation before a notarial officer in the manner prescribed by K.S.A. 53-501, et seq. and amendments thereto.
(c) Any person who has signed a petition who desires to withdraw such person’s name may do so by giving written notice to the county election officer or other designated official not later than the third day following the date upon which the petition is filed.
(d) Any petition shall be null and void unless submitted to the county election officer or other designated official within 180 days of the date of the first signature on the petition.
(e) Unless the governing body of the political or taxing subdivision in which the election is sought to be held authorizes a special election, all elections which are called as a result of the filing of a sufficient petition shall be held at the next succeeding primary or general election as defined by K.S.A. 25-2502, and amendments thereto, in which the political or taxing subdivision is participating.
(f) When a petition requires signatures equal in number to a percentage of the total number of registered voters, such percentage shall be based on the most recent number of registered voters as certified to the office of the secretary of state pursuant to subsection (g) of K.S.A. 25-2311, and amendments thereto.
History: L. 1970, ch. 147, § 2; L. 1976, ch. 190, § 1; L. 1983, ch. 126, § 2; L. 1986, ch. 141, § 1; L. 1990, ch. 129, § 2; L. 1992, ch. 194, § 3; L. 2001, ch. 141, § 2; L. 2001, ch. 211, § 8; July 1.
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Example of Fluoride Proponent Petition Language
The language for any perspective petition for use by opponents will necessarily be in reverse; to compel the immediate cessation of water fluoridation, or counter any proponent initiative/standing ordinance already in effect.
The number of petition signatures required to be certified by local election offices as valid will be proportionate to the number of registered voters in the local government’s jurisdiction. Local election offices must be consulted for specific number required.
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