As the politics continue revving up for the November presidential election, Ellis County Clerk Donna Maskus wants voters to be aware of a recent change in state voting procedures.
Registered voters who might desire to change their current political party affiliations prior to the August primaries must do so before noon June 1.
“I just think it’s important for people to realize if they are currently party affiliated and they wish to declare a different party or go to no party, it has to be done before that deadline,” Maskus said.
Changing political party affiliation will be prohibited from June 1 until the results of the August primary election are certified.
The law does not prohibit registered voters who are not affiliated with a party from affiliating at the polling place on primary election day and receiving the party’s ballot, or from affiliating when applying for an advance ballot, according to information from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office.
This change, which was approved by the Kansas Legislature in 2014, could be of interest to voters who desire to support specific candidates in the national or local elections, Maskus said.
“There’s just a little catch in it that I don’t want it to catch people off guard,” she said.
In addition to a potential presidential primary election, several offices are up for grabs in Ellis County. County commission districts 2 and 3 will be on the ballot, and already two Republicans have filed for District 2. Those candidates are incumbent Barbara Wasinger and challenger Al Ackerman.
Several Ellis County department heads also will be up for election, including the offices of sheriff, county attorney, county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. So far the only person to file in those elections is current Treasurer Ann Pfeifer.