Kansas Democrats plan primary for 2020 presidential election

May 07, 2019 - 4:54 am

The Kansas Democratic Party is planning to use a primary system with rank-choice voting for the 2020 Delegate Selection Process. Kansas Democratic Party Chair Vicki Hiatt says the new method should allow more registered Democrats to have their voice heard.

“We’re kind of switching from what the traditional caucus would be, of gathering people and then counting heads and that kind of thing to doing a drop-off vote on the first Saturday that we are engaged in this,” said Hiatt. “We will also have mail-in ballots for those that request them. We can engage more people. I think, the things I’ve learned and heard from feedback from the 2016 caucus is that it was just too limited in the amount of time they had to come and vote.”

Rank-choice voting will allow voices to continue to be heard past the initial culling on the ballot.

“It will allow a voter greater opportunity to make their first selection and then maybe a second selection,” said Hiatt. “Since we’re taking away the piece of the caucus where people negotiate and try to sway others to vote for other candidates, this will give the actual voter a chance to say, this is the first person I want, this is the second person, third person. Hopefully, by that time, we don’t have 25.”

To read the full plan and comment during the comment period, visit KansasDems.org/2020.

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