Public Comment on 2020 Party-Run Presidential Primary Proposal Concludes

June 2, 2019

Public Comment on 2020 Party-Run Presidential Primary Proposal Concludes
Party committed to making the 2020 nominating process most accessible, transparent, and open in party history.

Topeka, KS – Following the Kansas Democratic Party’s ambitious May 2 proposal to allocate delegates in the state’s Democratic presidential nominating process through a party-run primary election, 87 people submitted feedback in a 30-day public comment period.

Conducted from May 2, 2019, to June 1, 2019, response was almost unanimously positive.

A concern raised in the public comment form and through other mediums was with Kansas’ relevancy in the primary process later in the calendar year. However, due to the unprecedented number of candidates and the more front-loaded 2020 Democratic primary calendar – notably, 13 states and territories, including California and Texas, are tentatively contesting 35% of all delegates in the Super Tuesday elections on March 3, 2020 (compared to 21% in 2016) – we believe Kansas will be pivotal in the final scramble for a delegate majority.

More information about polling locations and explanations of the ranked-choice voting system will be provided in the months to come at KansasDems.org/2020Primary.

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