Kansas Democrats go to all-mail ballot for presidential primary

Kansas Democrats announced Monday that they would conduct the presidential primary completely by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be no in-person voting on May 2, according to the announcement.

Instead, all registered Democrats will receive a ballot in the mail, the announcement stated. Only registered Democrats will receive a ballot.

According to a news release, more than 10 percent of the polling places that were originally signed up as in-person sites have independently canceled their contract with the Kansas Democratic Party because of safety concerns about in-person voting and the novel coronavirus.

The candidates on the Kansas ballot will include Joseph R. Biden, Elizabeth Warren, Tulsi Gabbard, Bernie Sanders and uncommitted.

Ballots were mailed on March 30 to all registered Democrats in Kansas, according to the announcement. There is an official Democratic presidential primary ballot, a secrecy sleeve and return envelope to enclose and return. The ballots are prepaid and do not require a stamp.

On April 7, the Kansas Democratic Party will send a supplemental ballot mailing to recently registered Democrats who were not included in the March 30 mailing.

Registered Democrats who have not received their ballots by April 10 may request another mail-in ballot until April 24 by calling the KDP office or filling out an online form at https://kansasdems.org/request-mail-ballot. This form will not be available until April 10.

Voters should mail their ballots back so they may be received by May 2, according to party officials.

Vicki Hiatt, chair of the Kansas Democratic Party released this statement:

“Removing our in-person voting locations for the 2020 primary was an extremely difficult decision to make but the unprecedented gravity of COVID-19 has required significant changes to our operations to ensure the safety of all Kansans during this electoral process,” Hiatt stated. “The KDP maintains its commitment to a fair and transparent election and I want to assure all concerned Kansans that we are doing everything possible to make sure their voices are heard in the 2020 Primary. Kansas was already well-positioned for this pandemic due to our vote-by-mail component and we are confident that the changes we have made to our schedule will expand the accessibility of this process for all voters who would like to participate in the 2020 Primary election.”

Weather: Sunny, with a high of 66

Temperatures will reach a high in the mid-60s today, rise to around 70 on Wednesday, then fall slightly on Thursday through Saturday. (National Weather Service graphic)

Nice spring weather continues on Tuesday, with sunny skies and a high near 66, according to the National Weather Service.

The next chance for showers and storms will be Thursday and Friday, according to the weather service. No severe weather is expected at this time.

Temperatures are forecast to drop going into the week, the weather service said. Friday’s high will be 55, with Saturday’s high at 58, before going up to 65 on Sunday.

Today, it will be sunny with a high near 66 and a north wind of 6 mph, the weather service said.

Tonight, it will be mostly clear, with a low of 47 and a south wind of 3 to 6 mph, according to the weather service.

Wednesday, it will be sunny with a high near 71 and a south wind of 6 to 11 mph, increasing to 13 to 18 mph in the afternoon, the weather service said. Winds could gust up to 26 mph.

Wednesday night, there will be increasing clouds, with a low of 54 and a south wind of 8 to 10 mph, according to the weather service.

Thursday, there is a 50 percent chance of showers before 1 p.m., then a chance of rain after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 68 with a south wind of 10 to 14 mph, gusting as high as 25 mph. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is possible.

Thursday night, there is a 70 percent chance of rain, with thunderstorms also possible after 4 a.m., according to the weather service. The low will be around 46. Less than a tenth of an inch of rain is likely.

Friday, there is an 80 percent chance of rain before 7 a.m., then rain and possibly a thunderstorm between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m., then a chance of rain and thunderstorms after 1 p.m., the weather service said. The high will be near 55.

Friday night, there is a 50 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms, with a low of 37, according to the weather service.

Saturday, it will be mostly sunny, with a high near 58, the weather service said.

Saturday night, it will be partly cloudy, with a low of 43, according to the weather service.

Sunday, there is a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 65, the weather service said.

Sunday night, there is a 40 percent chance of rain, with a low of 53, according to the weather service.

Monday, there is a 30 percent chance of rain, with a high near 71, the weather service said.

The weather will be breezy on Wednesday and Thursday, posing possible hazards for tents and temporary structures. (National Weather Service graphic)