1) Contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State to confirm that your registered address qualifies you for the position you intend to run for, and that you meet other office specific qualifications. Obtain the required filing forms. Candidate nominating petitions are also available online here: http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/PP.pdf. 2) Complete the required filing forms and submit the filing forms to the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State. The required forms include campaign finance forms, nominating petitions and other office specific forms. The number of petition signatures required to qualify as an independent candidate on the ballot is equal to 4% of the registered voters in the district subject to the petition containing no less than 25 but no more than 5,000 signatures. 3) To run as an independent, the petitions must be filed by the day before the primary election in order to appear on the ballot. The primary election is always held on the first Tuesday in August. If you plan to run as a candidate for one of the established political parties, contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State or the party office for the filing window and procedures necessary to compete in the party primary. The deadline to file as a party candidate is June 1st. If you have any questions please contact the Office of the Kansas Secretary of State by phone at (785) 296-4561. Additionally, more 2016 Candidate Filing Information can be found here: https://www.kssos.org/elections/16elec/2016_Candidate_Filing_Information.pdf.