A new law passed in 2014 by the Kansas Legislature prohibits party members from switching parties during a period beginning on the candidate filing deadline through the date when the results of the August primary are certified. The filing deadline normally is at Noon on June 1, but because the law does not go into effect until July 1, that is the effective date this year.
Here is a summary of the major points of the law:
- Registered voters who are affiliated with a party may not file paperwork to change their party affiliations from July 1 through August this year.
- Any person who files paperwork to change parties during the prohibited period will be asked to re-file the document September 1 or after.
- Democrats may not switch to Republican or vice versa.
- Switches to and from the Libertarian Party also are prohibited.
- A member of a party may not disaffiliate from his/her party and become unaffiliated during this period.
- A registered voter who is unaffiliated may, however, affiliate with a party during this period and when voting at the primary or requesting an advance ballot.
Voters are encouraged to become aware of the new rules as they prepare for the August 5 state primary election.