June 1st Noon deadline for Party Affiliation Changes & Party Candidate Filings
It is the deadline for voters to change their party affiliation and is the filing deadline for Democratic and Republican Party candidates. State law sets the deadline for voters to switch political parties to be 12:00 pm (Noon) on June 1st. Unaffiliated voters may still declare a party affiliation on Primary Election Day. They must do so in order to vote in the partisan August Primary Election as both the Democratic and Republican Parties have closed primary elections.
Persons interested in filing as a candidate for party nomination for County Commissioner – District 1, Township Clerk and precinct committee office must do so by that deadline in the Shawnee County Election Office located at 3420 SW Van Buren Street, Topeka, Kansas. The office telephone number is (785) 251-5900.
Candidates filing for state and national offices should file at the Secretary of State’s Office, Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue in Topeka. The phone number is (785) 296-4561.
Independent candidates may file by petition only. The filing deadline for Independent candidates is Monday August 6th at 12:00 p.m. (Noon). To file as an independent candidate, they must be registered as an unaffiliated voter by the June 1st at Noon deadline.
A listing of the races and candidates for the 2018 Primary Election may be found at the Shawnee County Election Office website at: http://www.snco.us/election/.