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The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • But wait, there is more

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  • Speaking with the Harvey County Clerk's office about voter registration and election deadlines this year feels very much like watching a late night infomercial. Just when the point is made on a deadline for a voter comes that familiar line:
    "But wait, there's more!"
    For a time the message was "act now, and" you can change your party affiliation. Of course, with new rules coming from Topeka this legislative session there was confusion of just when a voter had to act to do that.
    But wait, there's more.
    After that deadline passed, voters still had time to change their address or make name changes if needed. Two weeks, as a matter of fact.  Voters in suspense — with the new and improved term incomplete — because they have yet to give proof of citizenship have until Aug. 4 to sort that out. That is, if they want to vote in the primary.
    But wait, there's more.
    Unaffiliated voters can declare at the polls. They will be required to fill out the full voter registration form to declare a party. They can do that during advance balloting which starts July 22 in Harvey County, or on election day of Aug. 5. Those unaffilatied voters used to be able to vote in a Democratic Party primary election without declaring — that offer is now expired.
    But wait, there's more.
    Those who changed party affiliation for the primary, or declare at the polls, will remain affiliated with their new party until at least September — the next chance to make changes to voter registrations.
    Act now, and check your voter registration. Better now than showing up at the poll and finding a surprise.
    —Kansan Editorial board

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