Presidential Preference Primary

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Presidential Preference Primary

March 19th, 2024

In 2023, the Kansas Legislature authorized the 2024 Presidential Preference Primary, to occur on March 19th, 2024.  A state-run presidential preference primary has only been used twice in the past (1980 and 1992).  Some of the timelines and statutes governing this election differ from traditional primary and general elections.


A presidential preference primary takes an act by the Kansas legislature to be conducted. The enactment takes the responsibility from the two state parties (Republican and Democrat) in Kansas from conducting a caucus, and instead, having the state of Kansas conduct a primary election. It is a “preference” primary because it is an election where the vote totals are given to a political party to allocate delegates to candidates at the national convention. This is not a primary where the voters selected the party candidate.

Presidential candidates must file their candidacy with the Secretary of State 60 days before the election (12:00 p.m. January 19, 2024). Candidates must either pay a $10,000 filing fee or present a petition with 5,000 signatures of registered Kansas voters of the applicable political party.

A registered voter, affiliated with either the Republican or Democratic Party, may vote in the party's presidential preference primary election. A voter who wishes to switch affiliation, must do so by February 20th. 

A registered voter, who has not declared affiliation with either party, may declare affiliation at any point up to and including election day

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

  • Deadline to register to vote or update voter registration information to participate in the Presidential Preference Primary 
  • Deadline to change party affiliation
  • Deadline to apply for an advance voting by mail ballot

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

First day of advance voting

Monday, March 18, 2024

In-person advance voting ends at 12:00 p.m.

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Presidential Preference Primary Election AND last day for mail ballots to be received (Must be received by close of polls)

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