Age is just a number

In Kansas, there are six teenagers under the age of 18 running for governor. You read that correctly: they are not yet able to vote, but they are running for office. How can they do that, you ask?

“Under Kansas law, there is no law governing the qualifications for governor, not one,” Bryan Caskey, director of elections at the Kansas secretary of state’s office, told The Kansas City Star last year. “So there’s seriously nothing on the books that lays out anything, no age, no residency, no experience. Nothing.” […]

Republican Rep. Blake Carpenter introduced a bill requiring candidates to be at least 18 years old to run for the state’s top elected offices, such as governor, secretary of state or attorney general. And candidates for governor and lieutenant governor would have to have lived in the state for four years.

I’m not really a fan of the ability of legislatures changing election regulations at the last minute. I’m not necessarily against them setting a minimum age requirement or other standards, but perhaps they should wait until next year. The six candidates in question followed the rules, after all.