What is the Presidential Preference Primary?
The PPP takes an act by the Kansas legislature to be conducted. The enactment takes responsibility from the two state parties (republican, democrat) in Kansas from conducting a caucus and instead having the state of Kansas conduct a primary election. It is considered to be 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 select the party candidates.
What is the history of the Presidential Preference Primary in Kansas?
In Kansas, it is a function of the state political parties to allocate delegates to presidential candidates at each party’s national convention to select each party’s presidential nominee. Such delegates are chosen via caucus or convention by the political parties. This year, the state legislature decided to resurrect the state-run presidential preference primary, which had only been used in Kansas in 1980 and 1992.
February 19, 2024 – Early Voting Starts (Clerk’s Office) **CORRECTION**: Early Voting will start on February 29th, 2024, NOT February 19th!!!
February 20th, 2024 – Last day to register to vote & to request an
advance voting mail ballot for the March 19th
Presidential Preference Primary. Advance
ballots transmitted by mail must be returned
by the closing of polls on election day
March 18, 2024 – Early Voting ends at 12 p.m. (Clerk's Office)
March 19th, 2024 – Presidential Preference Primary Election