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Partisan Elections - Closed Primary

Who Votes in the Primary Election

Technically, all Johnson County voters may vote in the August primary election.

The Democratic August Primary Election is open only to those voters registered as Democrats and unaffiliated voters who wish to affiliate as Democrats by filling out a new delcaration card on election day.

The Republican August Primary Election is open only to those registered as Republicans and unaffiliated voters who wish to affiliate as Republicans by filling out a new declaration card on election day.

Libertarian and unaffiliated voters who do not wish to declare a party affiliation are eligible to vote on non-partisan races and questions, if any. All relevant non-partisan items and questions also appear on the Democratic and Republican ballots.

Primary voting rules are established by the parties and state law and are not established by the election office. Voters may cast only one ballot in any election.

The Election Office does not distribute campaign/candidate information. A voter may contact the party headquarters for candidate position information.

Click here for Political Party Headquarters.


Sample Ballot / Polling Place Locations

Sample ballot and polling place locator screen is available on our Election Office website during countywide elections, beginning 20 days prior to the election. Any registered voter can type in their name and date of birth, and receive a listing of candidates that will appear on their ballot along with the location of their polling place on Election Day.

Rotation of Candidate Names on Ballot

Kansas law requires that candidate names be rotated by precinct. Note: Precinct Committee persons, 3rd Class Cities, Drainage District, and Presidential Preference Primary candidates are not rotated. The rotation formula begins with the county in alphabetical order by city, ward, and precinct (CWP) and candidates for a given contest in alphabetical order. CWP's for the contest are identified, including the number of eligible voters per precinct. Total eligible voters are divided by the number of candidates to determine the number of voters in each rotation. The initial rotation sequence is in candidate alphabetical order.

Write-In Candidates

When a voter chooses to vote for a write-in candidate not printed on the ballot, each candidate must be individually reviewed to determine eligibility status. The list of write-in candidates will be available after the election canvass on Monday following Election Day.

Provisional Ballots

Provisional ballots are voted when a voter's registration is in question, or when our records indicate the voter was already sent an advance ballot. Provisional ballots are sealed in special envelopes at the polls and must be individually researched and verified at the Election Office prior to presenting them to the Board of Canvassers.

Unofficial Election Results

The timeliness of reporting election results in Johnson County is dependent on: (1) number of voters in line when the polls close at 7:00 p.m.; (2) number of voting machines reporting results; and (3) number of candidates and contests on the ballot.

The first unofficial partial result summary usually is by 7:30 p.m. and is posted on this website. This summary will include all advance votes. This information will be updated periodically throughout the evening until all voting machines have reported results into the central election computer. Final official election results will be available following certification by the Board of Canvassers.

Candidates have several options for receiving unofficial election results: (1) view the results on the Election Office website; (2) request a telephone call from the Election Office; or (3) receive the results in person at the Election Office.

Unofficial Election Results for Precinct Committees

Due to the large number of precinct committee candidates and contests during the August primary election, the election night result summary will not include these races. The unofficial election results for the precinct committee person contests will be available as soon as possible the following day. If there are write-in votes at the precinct level, these votes may determine the outcome of precinct committee contests.

Final Official Election Results

For spring elections, the Board of Canvassers canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9:00 a.m. at the Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road.

For fall elections, the Board of Canvassers canvass the votes on the Monday following the election at 9:00 a.m. at the Election Office.

The Board of Canvassers determines the validity of any provisional or challenged ballots. Following the processing of the valid ballots, the official vote summary is certified by the Board of Canvassers as the final official election results.


Last Updated: September 23, 2014 3:13 PM


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