Former IACI head and former Idaho Statesman political editor Steve Ahrens, in a column in the Idaho Business Review today, takes on the closed primary election issue. “Republicans have dominated state politics for so long, they’ve come to take for granted their “majority” (compared to Democrats) status – dangerously ignoring the reality that they’re still a minority in the total electorate, stacked against the combination of Democrat and independent voters,” Ahrens writes. The Republican Party is suing the state of Idaho to close its primary elections – meaning you’d have to be a registered Republican to vote in them. Many states have that system, but Idaho doesn’t – Idahoans don’t register by party, and nearly a third say in surveys that they’re independents and not members of any party.
Question: Should Idahoans have to register by party?