Iowa’s New Senator Ernst Headlines Kansas GOP Convention
January 30, 2015

(AP) – Kansas Republicans are gathering for their biggest convention of the year.

The GOP leadership will kick off the two-day event Friday with speeches by Gov. Sam Brownback and Kansas Congressman Kevin Yoder.

Kansas officials will be joined in their receptions by speeches from visiting Republicans legislators. Congressman Trey Gowdy of South Carolina will speak at the Saturday lunch, while Congressman Steve Russell of Oklahoma will speak at the evening banquet. Senator Joni Ernst of Iowa will also speak, coming off of delivering the Republican rebuttal to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week.

Kansas Republicans hold their annual convention on or near the anniversary of Kansas’ 1861 entry into the Union as a state.

Senate Passes Bill to Tighten Party Affiliation in Kansas
March 6, 2014

(AP) – A Senate committee has recommended passage of a bill sought by the Kansas Republican Party that would make it more difficult for voters to switch parties before voting in primary elections.

The Ethics and Election Committee advanced the bill Thursday to the full Senate on voice vote.

Supporters testified Wednesday in favor of the bill, which would prevent registered voters from changing their party affiliations from June 1 through Sept. 1. Voters can currently change their party affiliation up to 21 days before the August primaries. Unaffiliated voters can pick a party at any time.

Critics of the bill say it would suppress the rights of voters to participate in the elections in the way they choose.

Kansas GOP and Independent Voter Numbers Rise
October 23, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. —
The ranks of Republican and unaffiliated voters are surging in Kansas, while the number of Democrats has plummeted since 2008.

The Kansas secretary of state’s office says there are now 439,639 registered Democrats, a drop of more than 45,000 since the 2008 election. Democrats make up just over 25 percent of the state’s registered voters.

Republican registrations increased by over 11,000 to 782,161 people. That’s nearly 45 percent of the state’s voter totals.

Unaffiliated registrations reached 508,204, an increase of more than 25,000 since 2008. Unaffiliated voters now make up 29 percent of the state’s voters.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Libertarian registrations also increased by more than 1,000 people to 10,828 members.