COLUMBUS - The deadline for party affiliation changes before the upcoming primary election are set firm for June 1.

A law passed in 2014 by the Kansas legislature prohibits party members from switching parties during the period from June 1, through the date when the results of the August primary are certified.

While registered voters who are currently affiliated with a party may not file paperwork to change parties, according to a release from the Cherokee County Court Clerk's Office, unaffiliated voters may still officially affiliate with a party during this period as long as they are registered voters. They may do so when voting at the primary, or when requesting an advance ballot.

-- Jordan Zabel is the managing editor for the Cherokee County News-Advocate. He can be emailed at