Voters wanting to change party affiliation before 2016 primary face deadline at end of month


Kansas voters who want to change their party affiliation for the primary coming in August have only a few more days left to make the switch.

A change to state law, passed in 2014, says registered voters cannot change to a different party to vote in the primary from the time of the candidate filing deadline, which is June 1, until the primary election results are certified by the State Board of Canvassers. That means no changes in party affiliation for registered voters between June 1 and Aug. 31. The last day for a switch is May 31. The primary election is scheduled for Aug. 2.

According the Johnson County Election Office site, the law prohibits voters from switching parties or disaffiliating from a party during that period.

New voters can still register by July 12 and vote in the primary election.

A full list of dates and deadlines for the primary and fall election cycle can be found here.