With today's decision from the Idaho Supreme Court leaving Idaho without a valid legislative redistricting plan just five and a half weeks before candidate filing is supposed to start for this year's May 15 primary election, the timing could lead to a delay in the primary election.
Years ago, Idaho moved its primary election up to May from August, in part to move up its presidential primary. But now, both the Republican and Democratic parties in Idaho plan to select their presidential delegates by caucus this year, so the state already was looking into legislation to cancel the presidential portion of its primary election. That could remove any barriers to pushing the election date back, if lawmakers wanted to make that change this year with the scramble over redistricting.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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