The Libertarian Party of Kansas (LPKS) was founded in 1971 and has had full ballot access in Kansas since 1992. Since 2009 we have been the fastest growing political party in Kansas. Our party’s commitment to Liberty makes it popular with voters who have previously identified as both ‘left’ and ‘right’.

While the LPKS is an affiliate of the national Libertarian Party, we focus on state and local issues. Our party principles hold that all solutions are best when found on the most local possible level; as such we look to the national Libertarian Party only to address issues not feasibly addressed at a more local level.

The Libertarian Party of Kansas (LPKS) is dedicated to the advancement of maximized individual liberties and local control, while limiting government expansion. Our goal is to elect liberty-minded individuals who are committed to advancing a free-market economy, civil liberties, local control, and personal responsibility for our actions.

We need your help to return our state government to being “for the people” and to give a voice to the good, honest, and creative people of Kansas. Help us by changing your voter registration to Libertarian today & voting for Libertarian candidates who share your principles and values.

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Statement of Principle


Adopted in convention, April 17, 2011

We, the Members of the Libertarian Party of Kansas, believe in the people of Kansas. We hold that all adults are capable of deciding what is best for themselves, their families, and their communities. We recognize that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

The Libertarian Party of Kansas is resolutely pro-individual and pro-community, holding that all decisions are best when made at the most local possible level. Our principles naturally lead to advancement of maximized individual liberties and local control, while limiting government expansion.

We hold that where governments must exist, they must not violate the rights of the individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts of government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property such as confiscation, nationalization and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

The Libertarian Party of Kansas believes in you.




2014 Libertarian Party of Kansas Platform

Amended April 26, 2014, Wichita, Kansas


The Libertarian Party of Kansas is part of the worldwide movement for liberty. It is an affiliate of the Libertarian Party of the United States. The Libertarian Party of Kansas supports and endorses the National Libertarian Party Platform. However, the following platform, created and adopted by the Libertarian Party of Kansas, addresses issues and positions as they apply to Kansas.


Libertarians hold that inviolable individual sovereignty and personal property rights are central to a free society. Kansans should work to strengthen the ownership of all forms of personal property. Government control of property is not conducive to conservation or good stewardship.

1. We stand opposed to government seizure and sales of property under the guise of law enforcement, environmental protection, tax collection, or economic development. No one should be deprived of life, liberty or property without due process of law.

2. We oppose the use of taxpayer funds to pay for abortion, family planning, birth control, or the provision of contraceptive devices. The right to privacy and the obligation for responsibility in reproductive matters rests with the individual and their families.

3. We believe children are the responsibility of their parents until such time as they have reached the age of majority. We deny the State’s right to remove a child from the family or either parent except in cases of gross, verifiable, documented abuse or neglect. This state of facts must be determined under due process of law including trial by jury.

4. The Libertarians of Kansas understand that the education of the children of Kansas is the responsibility of parents and teachers of Kansas. We support parental and local community control of education. We passionately advocate the preservation and expansion of school choice for all Kansans.


Libertarians support spending and tax limiting measures because economic growth occurs when productivity and investments are not penalized.

1. We support a state constitutional amendment ending the legislature’s power to tax without limit. We propose keying taxes to specific projects and purposes with sunset clauses attached to taxes wherever possible. We support voter approval as a requirement for all new and incremental taxes.

2. We believe sales taxes should be eliminated on all food and medicines. The property and state personal income tax should be reduced immediately.

3. We believe that government has no business in business. Employers and entrepreneurs should not be burdened with excessive regulations, quotas, and licensing requirements.

4. We support the free market system. Businesses and individuals must assume responsibility for their financial affairs and reap the rewards or suffer the consequences of their choices. We oppose both corporate and individual welfare. We oppose the use of public funds for financing private endeavors of any sort.


The Libertarians of Kansas believe in the people of Kansas. We are very pro-individual and pro-community. We believe in treating Kansans like adults capable of deciding what Is best for themselves, their families and their communities. This belief system naturally leads to maximized individual and local power and limited government powers.

1. We oppose the use of tax funds to pay lobbyists.

2. We support sunset provisions for all laws and State agencies thus requiring the state to reassess the effects of existing laws and activities on a continuing basis.

3. The Libertarians of Kansas will fight to assure that solutions are found and implemented on the most local possible level where those solutions can be more efficient, effective and compassionate.

4. We support the elimination of all government activities that would be better performed by the private sector.

5. We oppose unfunded federal or state mandates. Libertarians favor individual and state sovereignty as protected by the Ninth and Tenth amendments to the Constitution of the United States. Federal meddling in state and individual affairs must be firmly rejected.

6. We oppose the use of taxpayers’ money to fund primary elections and create matching campaign funds. The various political parties should bear the cost of nominating and running their candidates at their own expense.

7. Initiative and Referendum, the process whereby citizens can petition to put proposals up to a public vote must be expanded to apply to the state of Kansas as a whole. This process is currently in use for city and county governments.


Libertarians believe that each individual has the right to choose how to live his or her life and reap the rewards or face the consequences of that chosen lifestyle.

1. We believe that the sacrosanct primary right, duty, and privilege of individual protection lies with the individual and cannot be performed by government. Citizens must have the right to carry concealed or unconcealed loaded firearms for self-protection. We strongly support the provision in the Kansas and US Constitutions preserving private ownership of personal firearms.

2. We believe that driving a motor vehicle is not a privilege as asserted by the State, but a right. We oppose removal of that right for any reason except the demonstrated inability to safely operate a motor vehicle on public thoroughfares. We also oppose mandatory motorcycle helmet and seat belt use laws for adults.

3. We advocate a review of current drug control policy. Prohibition has shown to be an ineffective way for the government to address this issue. A new conversation must be started that addresses both societal concerns and individual liberty.

4. We support legalizing production of hemp as an alternate crop for farmers for use in agriculture and industry.

5. We support legalization of medicinal cannabis under a doctor’s supervision. We also support the legalization and regulation of cannabis for personal use for adults of legal age.


Kansas Libertarians believe that the present state judiciary can be unresponsive to citizens’ concerns and can fail the very people it claims to protect and serve.

1. We believe that restoring a sound judicial system is critical to preserving our independence. An empowered jury system gives citizens direct involvement in and oversight of both legislature and judiciary. This concept is a crucial component of our system of government. Juries must be informed of their right to judge not only the facts of the case but the law itself without abrogation or restriction. This is a citizen’s last veto of an unfair law. We believe a Fully Informed Jury provision must be enacted as law in Kansas.

2. We strongly defend property rights and, in the case of crimes against property, advocate restitution for victims of crime to be paid for by the wrongdoer. The criminal justice system should concentrate upon crimes against people and property. It should not concern itself with private, consensual activity among adults. All laws pertaining to victimless crimes should be repealed.

3. We oppose the present plea bargaining system which is regularly abused to further the records and careers of public officials, circumventing real justice.

4. We oppose mandatory minimum sentences, which usurp the power of the people and the judiciary to fit the punishment to the severity of the crime.

5. We support the right to trial by jury in all cases, criminal, civil, and administrative.

6. The right of juries to judge the law of the case, as well as the facts and circumstances surrounding it, is well settled law (commonly referred to as Jury Nullification). As the Pattern Instructions of Kansas do not reflect this fact and do not provide for jurors to be informed of their rights and powers, the Pattern Instructions of Kansas should be amended to provide clear instructions for juries of all their rights.

7. Probable Cause Affidavits for search warrants are currently not public record in Kansas. Our state is one of only four that do not release Probable Cause Affidavits for search warrants to public inspection. These records must be made open to public inspection. As arrest warrant affidavits are currently public record in Kansas, so should search warrant affidavits.

8. As men and women are fallible and imperfect, and can and do make mistakes, the death penalty should be abolished. A sentence of life in prison with no possibility of parole is a reasonable alternative to execution and should be adopted in its place.

9. The right to habeas corpus is the most precious right which American citizens have. The party opposes any limits being placed on the right of habeas corpus including limits on KSA 60-1507.




As amended at Convention, April 20, 2013

Article I — Name

The name of the organization shall be the Libertarian Party of Kansas (LPKS), or alternatively the Kansas Libertarian Party (KSLP), hereinafter referred to as the “Party”.

Article II — Purpose

The purpose for which the Party is organized is to implement and give voice to the principles embodied in the Statement of Principles by:

a. Entering into political information and educational activities;

b. Nominating and supporting candidates for political office;

c. Other activities consistent with operating and maintaining the Party.

Article III — Officers and Members

Section 1. Officers

The officers of the Party shall be the Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, and four (4) Congressional District Coordinators. Such officers constitute the voting members of the Executive Committee of the Party and shall be elected at the Annual Meeting of the Party in each odd-numbered year. The newly elected officers take office immediately upon the close of such Annual Meeting, and serve for a period of two years, or until their successors take office.

Section 2. Party Members Defined

Party Members shall be defined as those persons who are Registered to vote with Libertarian listed as their Party Affiliation and who have not been expelled and are not currently under suspension pursuant to these Articles.

Officers, Auxiliaries, Delegates to National Conventions, and LPKS candidates for public office that seek endorsement beyond Nomination, i.e., financial and other official support from the LPKS, must certify in writing that they do not advocate the initiation of force to promote political or social goals prior to taking office as a Party Officer, Auxiliary, or Delegate to a National Convention.

Section 3. Chair

The Chair shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Party and shall preside over all meetings and conventions. The Chair, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, shall appoint Party members to fill any vacancies which occur among the Officers of the Executive Committee and vacancies which occur in any Delegation to a National Convention.

The Chair, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee, shall also make appointments to fill any auxiliary positions created by this Constitution or the Executive Committee, or any vacancies in national, state, or local partisan electoral offices.

Section 4. Vice Chair

The Vice-Chair shall assume the authority of the Chair and preside at all meetings and conventions in the event of the absence, resignation, or removal of the Chair.

In the event of a permanent disability or absence due to the death, resignation or removal of the Chair, the Vice-Chair shall succeed to Chair the Party, with all powers of that office devolving upon him or her for the remainder of the former Chair’s term.

Section 5. Secretary

The Secretary shall be the recording officer of the Party. The Secretary shall also keep complete and accurate records of Party memberships, contributors, and others indicating an interest in the Party Principles and policies. The Secretary, with the advice and assistance of the Chair, shall be responsible for certifying all Party nominations to the Secretary of State or appropriate election officer in the district in which the nomination appears. The Secretary shall advise the Kansas Secretary of State of the names, addresses and titles of all elected Party officers and any changes of such as they occur.

Section 6. Treasurer

The Treasurer shall receive, expend, and account for the funds of the Party under the supervision and direction of the Chair.

Section 7. District Coordinators

The District Coordinators must reside in the U.S. Congressional district they represent and shall coordinate the educational, organizational, outreach and publicity programs in their district with the Executive Committee.

Section 8. Deputy District Coordinators

For each Congressional District the District Coordinator may appoint one or more Deputy District Coordinators, with the concurrence of the Executive Committee.

Deputy District Coordinators may not vote on Executive Committee matters unless a District Coordinator, to expedite business at an in-person Executive Committee Meeting which he or she is unable to attend, gives authority to a Deputy District Coordinator to act as his or her Alternate. In order for this grant of authority to be exercised it must be communicated to the members of the Executive Committee at least three days before the meeting.

Article IV — Executive Committee

Section 1. Management of Party

The Executive Committee of the Party shall have control and management of all affairs, properties, and funds of the Party consistent with this Constitution. The Executive Committee shall also make provision for legal services to the Party as needed. All vacancies not provided for in this Constitution may be filled by the Executive Committee, including, but not limited to, the vacancies created by illness, death, withdrawal, or disqualification of any Party candidate for office.

No Party funds shall be disbursed without a majority vote of the Executive Committee members present, if such number present constitutes a quorum. If less than a quorum no Party funds shall be disbursed until ratification by electronic or other means by a majority of the current members of the Executive Committee.

Section 2. Auxiliary Positions

The Executive Committee may propose the addition of auxiliary officers whose duties shall be set forth in the By-Laws. The Chair shall appoint these auxiliary officers with the consent of the Executive Committee.

Section 3. Meetings

The Executive Committee shall convene at such times and places as may be determined by the action of the Committee, by call of the Chair, or by a written request from a majority of the Committee. All Committee members shall be given one-week notice of the time and place of the meetings. All members are encouraged to participate in the discussions at such meetings but only officers of the Executive Committee may vote.

Section 4. Quorum

One-half of the current membership of the Executive Committee shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business at committee meetings. Any members of the Committee may participate in such a meeting by means of telephone or other conferencing equipment, or by post-meeting ratification.

Article V — Membership Meetings and Nominating Conventions

Section 1. Robert’s Rules

Unless otherwise stated, the current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order will be used in all Party meetings.

Section 2. Classes of Meetings

There will be two classes of Party meetings, the Annual Meeting and Called Meetings.

Section 3. Annual Meetings

The Annual Meeting shall be held in March or April and shall be the primary business and official meeting of the Party each year: and it shall be at that meeting the membership shall vote on the various issues mentioned in these articles. In each odd-numbered year the agenda shall include, but not be limited to, changes in these Articles and By-Laws and the election of Party officers. Items of business may be proposed by any member or by the Executive Committee.

Section 4. Called Meetings

Called Meetings are for the transaction of any business that is determined to be of such importance and urgency as to not wait until the next scheduled meeting. The Chair with a majority of the entire Executive Committee or one tenth of the Party membership may call such a meeting by giving two weeks written or telephone notice to the Party membership. No changes in the Constitution or By-Laws may be considered at a Called Meeting, nor may other matters be decided except those having been specifically stated in the meeting notice to the membership.

Section 5. Candidate Nominating Conventions

A Candidate Nominating Convention shall be held each even-numbered year in conjunction with the Annual Meeting, at a time and place established by the Executive Committee. The agenda shall be limited to revision and adoption of the Party platform, nomination of candidates for Federal, State and local office, and the election of delegates to the National Libertarian Party Convention.

All registered Libertarians may attend and vote. However, all persons selected as delegates to a National Party Convention shall be members as defined in Article III, Section 2 of this Constitution.

Section 6. Registered Libertarians Defined

A registered Libertarian shall be defined as a person registered as Libertarian with the Elections Officer in the County of his or her residence. The validity of such registration shall be confirmed by the Party Secretary from a list of all such registrations supplied to the Party by the Secretary of State. If such a list is not available, or is incomplete, each person seeking to vote shall affirm by their signature that he or she is so registered.

Article VI — Statement of Principles

Section 1. Affirmation

The Statement of Principles of the Party affirms that philosophy upon which the Libertarian Party is founded, by which it shall be sustained and through which liberty shall prevail. The Statement of Principles is attached to the Constitution and By-Laws and is made a part thereof.

Section 2. Amendmen

The enduring importance of the Statement of Principles requires that it shall not be amended by a vote of less than 7/8′s of members present and voting at an Annual meeting.

Article VII — Nomination of Candidates

Section 1. Qualifications

No person shall be entitled to run as a candidate for office on the Libertarian line of the ballot in a partisan election of the State of Kansas unless nominated at the Nominating Convention of the Party; or designated by the Executive Committee to fill a vacancy created by illness, death, withdrawal, or disqualification; or unless under State Law such nomination shall have been determined by primary election.

Any candidate in a partisan election as a Libertarian shall be nominated at the Nominating Convention of the Party. Such a candidate must be registered Libertarian on the voting lists in the State of Kansas and sign a pledge in support of the Party’s Statement of Principles.

Section 2. Nominations

Nomination of candidates for partisan local, state and federal offices shall be by majority vote of  Registered Libertarians present and voting.

Section 3. Election

When there is only one candidate for nomination, election may be by voice unless a “None of the Above” (NOTA) ballot is requested. A NOTA ballot may be requested by any member. When there is a NOTA ballot requested for a single candidate nomination, election shall be by written ballot. Where there are two or more candidates for a nomination, election shall be by written ballot. NOTA shall be included on every written ballot.

In the event that there is no majority, the candidate receiving the least votes shall be eliminated and another vote shall be taken. This process shall be repeated until a majority of votes cast shall elect. If NOTA receives a majority of votes then no one from that group of candidates for that office will be nominated. If a new candidate or candidates can be found for that office, a new election can be held in accordance with the above criteria.

Article VIII — Discipline

Section 1. Disciplinary Actions

Disciplinary actions against any Party member shall be in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order, except as otherwise provided herein by the Party Constitution or By-Laws. Disciplinary action against any member shall consist of reprimand, suspension, or expulsion from the Party.

Section 2. Reasons

A member shall be subject to disciplinary action for the following reason[s]: a. Committing the Party to financial obligations without the consent of the Executive Committee or: b. making statements to the public in the name of the Libertarian Party which are in direct violation of the Statement of Principles and which are ruled objectionable or harmful to the interests of the Party by two-thirds of the members present and voting on the proposed disciplinary action.

Section 3. Validity

A reprimand, suspension, or expulsion against any member requires approval by a two-thirds vote of the members present and voting at any Annual or Called Meeting. The offender must be given two weeks’ notice of the charges for the disciplinary action to be valid. Notice shall be by certified, return receipt requested mail, sent to the offender’s last known address.

Article IX — By-Laws

Section 1. Promulgation

The Executive Committee shall promulgate the By-Laws in accordance with the applicable law.

Section 2. Amendment

The By-Laws of the Party may only be amended by:

a. a two-thirds vote of members present and voting at any Annual Meeting of the Party. All votes cast by the membership shall be by voice. Thereafter any member may ask for a division of the body


b. by a three-quarters vote of the total number of Executive Committee members currently holding office, thirty days or more after the Secretary shall have given the text of such amendment to all Executive Committee members. Post meeting ratification can be utilized to reach that majority.

Section 3. Conformity with Kansas Law

The membership may not amend the By-Laws of this organization to be in violation of the prevailing laws of the State of Kansas or the United States.

Article X — Election and Removal of Officers

Section 1. General

The Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer shall be elected by nomination and majority vote of members present at the Annual Meeting during each odd-numbered year.

Where there is a single candidate for an office election may be by voice. Where there are two or more candidates for an office election shall be by written ballot. In the event that there is no majority the candidate receiving the least votes shall be eliminated and another vote shall be taken. This process shall be repeated until a majority of votes cast shall elect.

Section 2. District Coordinators

A District Coordinator shall be a resident of, and represent members from, the U.S. Congressional District in which he or she resides. District Coordinators shall be elected by members present and voting who reside in each respective Congressional District at the Annual Meeting during each odd-numbered year.

When there is only one candidate for District Coordinator, election may be by voice unless a “None of the above” (NOTA) ballot is requested. A NOTA ballot may be requested by any member. When there is a NOTA ballot requested for a single candidate nomination, election shall be by written ballot. Where there are two or more candidates for a nomination, election shall be by written ballot. NOTA shall be included on every written ballot.

In the event that there is no majority, the candidate receiving the least votes shall be eliminated and another vote shall be taken. This process shall be repeated until a majority of votes cast shall elect. If NOTA receives a majority of votes then no one from that group of candidates for that office will be nominated. If a new candidate or candidates can be found for that office, a new election can be held in accordance with the above criteria.

Section 3. Limitations

No person may be elected to concurrently hold more than one Party office. Any Executive Committee officer appointed to one or more additional Executive Committee offices shall have only a single vote.

Section 4. Removal

An elected officer may be removed from office for disciplinary reasons as stated in Article VIII above, or for non-performance or negligent performance of official duties.

Article XI — Amendments to the Constitution

This Constitution may be adopted by a majority vote or amended by a two-thirds vote of members present and voting at any Annual Meeting in an odd-numbered year, except Article VI, the Statement Of Principles, shall not be amended by a vote of less than 7/8′s of members present and voting at such Annual meeting.

Article XII — Organizational Conformance With the Kansas Election Code

The requirements of the Kansas Election Code and any other pertinent statute shall constitute a part of this Constitution and shall supersede any conflicting provisions hereof.

Article XIII — Affiliate Organizations

Section 1. Requirements

The Executive Committee may charter as Affiliate Organizations (“Affiliate”) those organizations requesting such status to organize and operate within the state. Affiliate status shall be granted only to those organizations which adopt the Statement of Principles and file a copy of their Constitution and By-Laws with the Party Secretary.

Section 2. Affiliate Representative

Each Affiliate so chartered shall declare an Affiliate Representative for the purpose of liaison between the Party and the Affiliate.


By Laws

Party By Laws


As amended at Convention: April 20, 2013

Paragraph I — Duties of Officers

The duties of the officers shall be as per this Constitution.

Paragraph II — Executive Committee

Section 1. Duties

The duties of the Executive Committee shall be as per this Constitution.

Section 2. Voting

Except as otherwise provided in the Constitution, a majority vote of those Executive Committee officers present at the Executive Committee Meetings shall prevail.

Section 3. Requirement of Email Address

Because Kansas is such a large state and many Executive Committee meetings and various communications are held over the Internet, it is necessary that Executive Committee members have and maintain an email address.

Paragraph III — Meeting and Quorums

Section 1. Meetings

Meetings shall be as defined in the Constitution.

Section 2. Management

The Executive Committee shall have supervision and management of all meetings and conventions and shall fix the official program and order of business.

Section 3. Quorum

A quorum at an Annual or Called Meeting shall be a majority of those members having registered as in attendance. A quorum for consideration of disciplinary action at a called meeting shall not be less than 10 percent of the members of the Party as defined in Article III, Section 2 of the Constitution.

Paragraph IV — Finances and Accounting

Section 1. Fiscal Year

The fiscal term of the Party shall begin on the first day of September.

Section 2. System of Accounts

The Executive Committee shall establish and maintain an efficient system of accounts for which all the members of the Executive Committee shall be held responsible.

Section 3. Disbursements

All disbursements exceeding $20 shall be made solely by check.

Section 4. Depository and Withdrawal

The Executive Committee shall designate the depository of all funds of the Party, and shall appoint such officers as in its judgment may seem advisable to deposit and withdraw funds from said depository.

Paragraph V — Parliamentary Authority

The current edition of Robert’s Rules of Order shall be the parliamentary authority for all matters of procedure not specifically covered by the Constitution and/or By-Laws of the Party.

Paragraph VI — Candidate Endorsements

Section 1. National LP Nominees

Any candidate who has been nominated by the National Libertarian Party shall have the endorsement of the Libertarian Party of Kansas.

Section 2. Party Endorsements to a Non-Libertarian

With the exception of Libertarian Party candidates no candidate running for public office may be endorsed by the Kansas Libertarian Party, except as follows:

a. Such candidate is duly registered Libertarian or non-affiliated as a voter with the lawful election officer of his home county; and

b. Such candidate appears in person at the nominating convention and receives the affirmative endorsement of two thirds of the registered Libertarians present and voting.

Section 3. Official Endorsement Versus Private Endorsement

All members of this Party are, of course, at all times free to speak in their own behalf in endorsement of any political candidate, but must not state the official endorsement of the Party, except where such endorsement has been approved by the Executive Committee.

Paragraph VII — Amendments to the By-Laws

Amendments to the By-Laws shall not be adopted by less than a two-thirds vote of members present and voting at any Annual Meeting in an odd-numbered year.

Paragraph VII — Affiliate Organizations

Section 1. Petition

Organizations applying for charter as Affiliates shall make such applications to the Executive Committee. The petition shall include a copy of the Affiliate Constitution and By-Laws, which shall adopt the Party Statement of Principles. The petition shall be signed by no less than five (5) Affiliate petitioners.

Section 2. Membership Required for Certain Positions

Affiliates shall make known to the Secretary the Affiliate Representative to whose attention all party business shall be directed and who shall report on the activities of the Affiliate when requested by the Executive Committee. Membership in the Party shall be a requirement for the Chair, the Vice Chair and the Affiliate Representative.