(a) The secretary of state shall promptly review all precinct maps submitted pursuant
to K.S.A. 25-26a04, and amendments thereto, for compliance with the provisions of this act. The secretary of state shall promptly notify the appropriate county election officer
as to whether or not such precinct maps are in compliance with the provisions of this
act. Those precinct maps determined not to be in compliance with this act shall be rejected
and returned to the appropriate county election officer with a written statement of
noncompliance setting forth those instances where the map is in default. The appropriate county or city officials shall be notified forthwith of the rejection
by the county election officer and shall make the required adjustments and resubmit
the corrected precinct map or maps within 30 days after receiving notice of noncompliance.
Notwithstanding other law to the contrary, changes in precinct boundaries shall not
be effective and shall not be used for the conduct of any election until the secretary
of state has determined the precinct maps are in compliance with the provisions of
(b) If the initial or corrected precinct maps as required in this act are not filed
by the deadlines set forth in this act, the secretary of state is hereby authorized
and required to establish where necessary appropriate precinct boundaries in compliance
with the provisions of this act, notwithstanding other law to the contrary providing
or establishing authority for any county or city official to establish precinct boundaries.
The secretary of state will notify the appropriate county election officer of any
precincts established under the provisions of this subsection, and the county election
officer immediately shall notify the appropriate city or county officials who shall
forthwith adopt as the official precincts those precincts established by the secretary
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