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Kansas nears limits on pre-primary party switches

March 12, 2014

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The Kansas Senate has given first-round approval to a proposal from the state Republican Party to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The Senate's voice vote Wednesday advanced the bill to another, final vote. Passage on the second vote would send the bill to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback because the House approved an identical version last year.

The bill prohibits voters affiliated with a political party from switching their affiliations from the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after the results from the August primary are certified. Current law allows switching up to two weeks before the primary.

Republicans said the change would protect the integrity of party contests. Democrats said it would restrict voting rights.

Comments

James Howlette 1 year, 1 month ago

It's not the same as gerrymandering, but that's the idea.

Phillip Chappuie 1 year, 1 month ago

Why don't they call it what it is. The hard line extremist that dominate the game are worried that moderates will make an attempt to bring reason back to the state house and that caring democrats will cross the line to help that happen. It is a protectionist move plain and simple. The party of less government imposing yet more regulation on the population in order to keep their control.

Greg Cooper 1 year, 1 month ago

I'd be interested in who of the Democrat majority in the Senate voted for this abortion. Any word, LJW? And for what reasons did they vote for it?

This is quite peculiar to me and smacks of deal-making in dark rooms, by both parties.

Cille King 1 year, 1 month ago

Greg Cooper. The Kansas Senate is majority Republican, 32 to 8 I believe. Why did you think it was a Democrat majority?

Terry Snell II 1 year, 1 month ago

Common sense, Great bill, If your a Democrat/Republican switching parties then switching back.....thats the same as cheating in my book. Pick a party and stick with it. Im unaffiliated and wish more people would register this way. Vote on your beliefs not just a parties name.

Thomas Bryce 1 year, 1 month ago

Switching Parties then switching back may be "gaming the system", but it is not cheating. It is a Right. A Right each and everyone of us has.The crime here is that these rights are being restricted so a Certain Poitical party gains a supposed advantage over another Political Party. There is nothing to stop a person registered as a Republican to vote for a Democratic agenda if they want. This only deters the Last minute changes. The Damage is done already. Why do you think there has been a surge in Republican and Unaffiliated Registrations and a decline in Democrat Registrations in the Last Year? There are not enough New citizens to account for this so there must have been a shift. The Republicans Feelings are correct. It makes no sense to register as a Democrat in a Republican Dominated state like Kansas. Get ready for the Election.

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