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Why he voted ‘no’

Rep. Ken Andrus, R-Lava Hot Springs, had a unique reason for opposing the election consolidation bill in the House State Affairs Committee this morning: He doesn’t want more people to vote. “Having run in two school board trustee elections,” he said, “I don’t want somebody voting for me in that election - you have groups of people who are senior citizens who are disinterested in the schools process, who would vote for my opponent,” if the opponent said schools spend too much money. “I want people voting for me who have an interest in that subject that we’re voting for.” Said Andrus, “I kinda like the way the system is now.” He was outvoted.  


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Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.

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