Party Affiliation Bill on Brownback’s Desk
March 24, 2014

(AP) – Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has until March 31 to decide the fate of the Kansas GOP’s plan to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The Legislature delivered a bill containing the GOP plan to Brownback on Friday. He has 10 days under the state Constitution to sign the measure, veto it or let it become law without his signature.

The bill 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.

Current law allows voters to change their registration up to two weeks before the primary.

Republicans contend the change would protect the integrity of party contests. Democrats have said the bill would restrict voting rights.

Kansas Legislature Changes Voter Registration
March 13, 2014

(AP) – The Kansas Senate has approved a proposal from the state Republican Party to make it harder for voters to switch parties before primary elections.

The chamber’s 27-12 vote sends the bill to Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. The House approved the measure last year.

The bill prohibits voters affiliated with a political party from switching their registration between the June 1 candidate filing deadline until after 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. They said party switching allows manipulation of elections.

Democrats said the bill would restrict voting rights and suggested conservative GOP legislators are trying to protect themselves.

Brownback hasn’t said whether he’ll sign the bill.