Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Kansas Bill Would Once Again Cancel Presidential Primary

Legislation introduced on Tuesday, February 17 in the Kansas state Senate would cancel the presidential primary in the Sunflower state for the sixth consecutive cycle.

Kansas held a presidential primary last in 1992, but the state government has not appropriated funds for the election in any of the election years since. The practice, if the 2011 action by the state legislature is a guide, is to revise the presidential primary filing deadline and election date back four years on the calendar. That is true in the case of SB 239 as well.

The change is obviously a cost-savings move, but it is also reflective of an extension of what has become a customary practice in Kansas.

UPDATE (2/25/15): Committee hearing on bill
UPDATE (3/5/15): Identical House bill introduced

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