KDP Modifies 2020 Party-Run Presidential Primary Proposal Following Feedback

June 5, 2019

KDP Modifies 2020 Party-Run Presidential Primary Proposal Following Feedback
Primary Day voting expanded to 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., announcement of results pushed back to 1:00 p.m. on March 3, 2020.

Topeka, KS – The Kansas Democratic Party expanded Election Day voting hours and delayed same-day results for the 2020 Presidential Party-Run Primary in response to public comments and requests from the party’s executive committee.

A mailing explaining how to vote by advance ballot or in-person will be sent to every registered Democrat in Kansas on March 9, 2020. The same day, registered Democrats can begin requesting ballots via the state party website or by contacting the Topeka office until 5:00 p.m. on April 17. Starting March 30, the KDP will mail requested advance ballots with a postmark deadline of April 24.

Primary Day in-person voting centers will open in all 40 state Senate districts from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on May 2. Exact locations will be detailed in the March 9 mailing. Election results for the presidential primary, which were originally estimated to be posted by 11:00 p.m. on May 2, will instead be released at 1:00 p.m. on May 3.

Following the Kansas Democratic Party’s ambitious 2019 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.

Voters will rank every presidential candidate on their ballots. If a candidate receives fewer than a minimum 15 percent of all first-choice votes, votes will be reallocated to the next preferred viable candidate until all candidate remaining receive at least 15 percent.

The revised proposal has been submitted for initial review by the Democratic National Committee. An updated summary of the proposal is available at KansasDems.org/2020.

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