Kansans voters show support for ending state's census adjustment

Tuesday night, results indicated Kansas voters favor a State Constitutional Amendment. The question on the ballot asks whether to keep the state's census adjustment.

The rule allows military and college students to say where they want to be counted for state and local seats.They can choose either to be counted in their home city, where they're serving or going to school.

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab says the adjustment process costs Kansas taxpayers $835,000.

Here's what your vote means:

A "YES" vote will end that adjustment.
A "NO" vote will keep the process in place.

As of late Tuesday night, about 60 percent of voters were in favor of ending the adjustment. With 85 percent of precincts reporting, the "YES" votes outnumbered the "NO" votes.

Schwab cited the cost and extra work affiliated with the adjustment process as reasons for his support to end it.

Kansas added the adjustment to its constitution in the 1980s and, Schwab says, is the only state in the union that uses this process, allowing military and college students to claim a different home address than the census if they choose.

"It’s based off the old Ag census we used to do, but we don’t do those anymore, so we’re trying to update the constitution, do it the way it was really intended to be done by the founders of the state," Schwab said a few weeks ahead of the general election.

He said the adjustment process for his office is tedious.

"It takes months, and it’s getting harder and harder to contact those folks because we’re moving away from landlines," he said when discussing the ballot question last month.