Party Changes before primary are limited

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 paper ”Work 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.

What are the new rules for party affiliation in 2014 in Kansas?

The current laws are still in effect until June 30th, 2014. Any registered voter can change party affiliation by filling out a new registration application with the County Election Office or Secretary of State’s office.

• Any application postmarked June 30th, 2014 will be accepted
• Electronic submissions of voter registrations by fax, email, or on-line, will be accepted if submitted before midnight June 30th, 2014.
From July 1st-August 31s\ 2014

Democratic affiliated voter …
• may not change party affiliation .
• may not disaffiliate from party affiliation.
• may request and vote a Democratic ballot.

Republican affiliated voter …
• may not change party affiliation.
• may not disaffiliate from party affiliation.
• may request and vote a Republican Ballot.

Unaffiliated voter …
• may affiliate with a party after July 15, 2014 .
• may affiliate with the Democratic or Republican party on Election Day or when advance voting and receive a ballot for that party.
• may not change back to Unaffiliated until September 1, 2014.

Libertarian affiliated voter …
• may not change party affiliation.
• may not disaffiliate from party affiliation.• may not request and vote a Democratic or Republican ballot.

Brand new registrant, not transferring from another county…
• may declare a party affiliation by the deadline for new registrations, July 15th, 2014.

Currently registered voter who needs to change something besides party affiliation …
• may still change all other information, name, address, phone, gender, etc., by July 15th, 2014.

September 1st, 2014-June 1st, 2016
All registered voters may again change party affiliation with no restrictions.
Notes on HB 2210 (Party Affiliation Declaration Bill)
Because the law does not take force until publication of the statute book, it is not effective until July 1, 2014. Understanding this creates confusion for voters, the following guidelines are presented to help with clarification .

From Present Date to June 30th, 2014
The current laws are still in effect until June 30th, 2014 . Any registered voter can change party affiliation by filling out a new registration application with the County Election Office or Secretary of State’s office.

• Any application postmarked June 30th, 2014 will be accepted
• Electronic submissions of voter registrations by fax, email, or on-line, will be accepted if submitted before midnight June 30th, 2014 .

July 1st-August 31st , 2014

The following rules are in effect for this time period.

• A party affiliated voter may not change her/his party affiliation during this time period.
o Any voter registered as Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian may not make a change of affiliation for these two months.
• A party affiliated voter may not disaffiliate from her/his party affiliation during this time period.
• A Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian affiliated voter can’t change to Unaffiliated for these two months.
• An Unaffiliated voter may still affiliate with a party after July 1st, 2014,
• An Unaffiliated voter may also affiliate with a party on Election Day or when advance voting and receive a ballot for that party.
• Unaffiliated voter fills out written declaration for Democratic or Republican Party when voting and receives ballot for that party.
• The Unaffiliated voter who affiliates on Election Day may not change back to Unaffiliated until September 1st, 2014 .
• New registrants (not transfers within the State) may declare a party affiliation by the deadline for new registrations, July 15th, 2014.
• Current registrants may still change all other information, name, address, phone, gender, etc., by July 15th, 2014.
September 15, 2014-June 1st, 2016
All registered voters may again change party affiliation with no restrictions.

ELECTION DATES FOR AUGUST 5, 2014 PRIMARY ELECTION
Monday, June 30 Last day to change party declaration. Unaffiliated voters may affiliate at any time.
Tuesday, July 15 Deadline to register to vote.
Wednesday, July 16 Begin mailing advance ballots.
Wednesday, July 16 Early voting in person starts at County Clerk’s Office.
Friday, Aug 1 Deadline to apply for an advance ballot to be mailed.
Monday, Aug 4 Noon deadline for early voting in person at County Clerk’s Office.
Tuesday, Aug 5 August 5, 2014 Primary Election
Polls open from 7 AM till 7 PM.
Tuesday, Aug 5 Advanced ballots must be returned by
Close of polls to the County Clerk’s Office.
Monday, Aug 11 Canvass Election for Aug 5th Primary Election
At 9:00 AM in Commissioner’s Meeting Room.

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