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Party switch deadline Tuesday under new Kansas voting rule

By The Herald Staff | 6/25/2014

Kansans Republicans and Democrats hoping to switch political parties before voting in the Aug. 5 primary elections must do so before Tuesday.

Because of a new law passed in May, registered voters will not be able to switch affiliations after noon June 1 of each election year, which also is the deadline for candidates to file for election. But because the law does not go into effect until July 1, 2014, registered voters this year have until Tuesday to make the switch.

Kansans Republicans and Democrats hoping to switch political parties before voting in the Aug. 5 primary elections must do so before Tuesday.

Because of a new law passed in May, registered voters will not be able to switch affiliations after noon June 1 of each election year, which also is the deadline for candidates to file for election. But because the law does not go into effect until July 1, 2014, registered voters this year have until Tuesday to make the switch.

The deadline will be June 1 in following years, according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

Unaffiliated registered voters may switch affiliation at any time before the primary election. Unregistered voters have until 21 days before the election to register, which is July 15 this year.

Registered voters who are not affiliated with a party before the 21-day registration deadline may declare an affiliation on election day.

“A person registered to vote but not affiliated with any political party 21 days prior to the primary may, on election day, choose to affiliate with the Republican Party and vote a Republican ballot in the primary election, or to affiliate with the Democratic Party and vote a Democratic ballot in the primary election,” according to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

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