Once again the election rules and procedures have produced an anomaly that effectively blocks nearly two-thirds of an electorate's right to vote for their choice to represent them in an elective office. This time it is for the Cowley County Commission, District 2 and District 3. 

This occurrence is when all candidates for an office are from only one political party. The office winner is determined in the primary election as no opponent is present for the general election. 

The county's voters who register as Democrats or as Independents will not have a say in who is chosen to represent them on the Cowley County Commission. 

Any modification in election law for the state would have to come via legislative action. So, area representatives in said Legislature would have to be encouraged by the voters of their districts to make such a change to ensure every voter the right to have the chance to choose.

The change is simple enough: When all candidates for an elective office are from one party, the primary election narrows the field to two candidates, and they then face off in the general election where all voters can participate. 

The opposition to this change will likely come from the political party system itself as nobody likes to give up even a semblance of power or influence, even though the winner will still come from their own party. 

This change has to come to re-establish fairness to elections.


Ken Gragg

Arkansas City

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