July 1 is deadline for changing party ties

Registered voters in Kansas have until July 1 to switch political parties if they desire to do so.
A new law passed earlier this year by the Kansas Legislature prohibits party members from switching 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 June 1, but because the law does not go into effect until July 1, that is the effective date this year, according to Tena Lundgren, Marion County election clerk.
Following is a summary of the major points of the new 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 political parties during the prohibited period will be asked to re-file the document Sept. 1 or after.
? Democrats may not switch to Republicans or vice versa.
? Switches to and from the Libertarian Party also are prohibited.
? A member of a party may not disaffiliate from his or 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 in the primary or requesting an advance ballot.
Lundgren said voters are encouraged to become aware of the new rules as they prepare for the Aug. 5 primary election.

More from Hillsboro Free Press
Restoring a visual tradition
Ben Wiens (left) and Edwin Fadenrecht hold a restored stained-glass window from...
Read More