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Kansas Legislature

Brownback signs into law bill limiting party switching

March 25, 2014

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— Kansas voters wanting to switch parties before the Aug. 5 primaries will face a much tighter window under a bill signed into law Tuesday by Gov. Sam Brownback.

House Bill 2210 was pushed forward by the Kansas Republican Party, whose officials said Democrats and others were switching to the GOP for the primary election to either vote for the weakest candidate or the one most aligned with their political beliefs.

The new law prohibits voters registered with a political party from switching their affiliation between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after results from the August party primaries are certified.

Previous law allowed voters to change their registration up to two weeks before the primary.

Democrats said the measure signed by Brownback, a Republican, was an infringement on voters' rights.

Comments

Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

From the party of less government comes yet MORE BIG GOVERNMENT and more and and more and more.

What does Sam Brownback have against democracy?

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Richard Heckler 5 months, 1 week ago

No matter what if a voter is not of right wing anti American leaning best keep checking your voter registration status perhaps weekly.

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Phillip Chappuie 5 months, 1 week ago

All of America just lost a little bit more. Quietly Mr. Brownback seizes more control and the people's freedoms slip away. Heckler is most correct that the party of less government creates more big government. The Republican leadership of this State is a fraud and is rooted in deception.

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Thomas Bryce 5 months, 1 week ago

Sorry, but the People that were going to switch have already done so. This only keeps the last minute changes from occurring. There was an increase in Republican and Unaffiliated voter Registration and a decrease in Democratic Registration over the last year or two. There was no significant increase in Population so the Shift has already occurred. Too Late, Governor! Get ready for the election. Richard is right. Check your Voter status. Just checked mine. I will be voting!

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Greg Cooper 5 months, 1 week ago

"House Bill 2210 was pushed forward by the Kansas Republican Party, whose officials said Democrats and others were switching to the GOP for the primary election to either vote for the weakest candidate or the one most aligned with their political beliefs."

Well, damn them for voting for those who represent their political beliefs. Whose idea is that in the first place? Why in heaven's name would we want voters to vote for people who are aligned with their political beliefs? Or, gods forbid, against those who don't like what we like?

Good grief, next somebody will be touting democracy as a political system, and then where would we be? It's not like the vote is the only power the constituents have, now, is it?

What? Oh, I see. Never mind.........................

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David Reber 5 months, 1 week ago

"The new law prohibits voters registered with a political party from switching their affiliation between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after results from the August party primaries are certified."

Translation: The GOP wants people to make this important voting decision BEFORE knowing who all the candidates are.

Newsflash for GOP: if your candidates can't win without hiding their identity until it's too late for lots of people to vote for or against them, perhaps you aren't putting up candidates that actually represent the will of the people.

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Patricia Davis 5 months, 1 week ago

I think the message is: if the people of Kansas want to reclaim a fair, moderate government that cares about its children, that values education, that believes that Kansas needs to continue to invest in safe water, well-maintained highways, a tax system that is equitable for all, make sure your change your party affiliation now so that you can vote in the next election.

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Bob Reinsch 5 months, 1 week ago

I keep waiting for the quip about those switching from the GOP will be subject to Sharia law.

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