Crawford County election deadline to run for office and party affiliation change deadline changed to June 1st

Press Release

A state law passed in 2014 makes June 1 the deadline for making changes to your party affiliation in years that have a primary election. Only the Republican and Democratic parties have primaries scheduled for August 4, 2020. The other parties recognized by the State of Kansas do not have primary elections scheduled. These rules for party affiliation at the primary election are adopted by each of the political parties.

At the primary election, only registered voters that are affiliated with one of the two largest political parties will be allowed to vote a ballot for the party that they are affiliated with. Voters that are not affiliated with any party can still vote in the primary election, but they will be required to sign a form affiliating them with that party prior to voting. Voters that become members of a political party for the primary election can change their party status again, if they wish, after the primary election results are certified by the state on August 31.

This is a summary of the major points of the party affiliation law:

· Registered voters who are affiliated with a party may not file paperwork to change their party affiliations from June 1 through August.

· Any person who files paperwork to change parties during the prohibited period will be asked to re-file the document September 1 or after.

· Democrats, Republicans and Libertarians may not switch party affiliations during this period.

· A member of a party may not disaffiliate from his/her party and become unaffiliated during this period.

· A registered voter who is unaffiliated may, however, affiliate with a party during this period and when voting at the primary or when requesting an advance ballot.

June 1 Deadline To File to run for Office

The Crawford County Clerk’s Office wants to remind voters that the filing deadline for anyone wishing to run for office in the November 3, 2020, General Election is rapidly approaching. June 1, 2020, at noon is the deadline to file for any of the federal, state and local positions that are up for election this year.

This would be a good time to review your voter registration information. You can review your information at or you can call the office of Crawford County Clerk Don Pyle at 620-724-6115 during regular business hours to review your voter registration information and for assistance with any changes needed.

This is a copy of the Notice of Election that was printed in The Morning Sun on April 8, 15, and 22, 2020. Included in the notice are all the offices that are up for election this year and have a filing deadline of June 1, 2020, at noon.


You are hereby notified that a Primary Election will be held August 4, 2020. Candidates for the following offices will be nominated by each political party which has qualified to participate in the Primary Election:

One candidate for United States Senate

One candidate for United States House of Representatives, 2nd District

One candidate for State Senate 13th District

One candidate for State Representative, 2nd & 3rd Districts

One candidate for County Commissioner 2nd District

One candidate for County Clerk

One candidate for County Treasurer

One candidate for County Register of Deeds

One candidate for County Sheriff

One candidate for County Attorney

One candidate for Township Trustee in each Township

One candidate for Township Treasurer in each Township

The following officers will be elected in each political party which has qualified to participate in the Primary Election:

One Precinct Committeeman in each Precinct

One Precinct Committeewoman in each Precinct

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I hereto set my hand and cause to be affixed my official seal.

Dated at Girard, Kansas on this 3rd day of April, 2020


Donald P. Pyle

Crawford County Election Officer

(Published in The Morning Sun April 8th, April 15th and April 22nd