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Deadline Approaching for Party Switching Before Kansas Primary

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A deadline is looming for Kansas voters who want to change political parties in time for the August primary election. State law says voters can’t switch party affiliation for the primary after June 1st. This is only the second election affected by a new earlier deadline. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says some voters were caught unaware two years ago.

“We had a number of people -especially in July because of the old registration deadline which happens in July- who were used to redeclaring a party and they couldn’t,” says Shew.
Shew says this only affects people who currently have listed a party on their voter registration and want to switch. He says unaffiliated voters can wait.
“So you can come into the polling place and declare a party on Election Day and pick up that ballot. So an unaffiliated voter does not have to affiliate by June 1, they can affiliate on Election Day,” says
Shew says voters who want to switch political parties can request a party declaration form or fill out a new voter registration form.

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