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Mon., June 28, 2010, 9:24 a.m.

Report: Open Primaries Engage Public

Closed primaries lead to more-extreme candidates, the two professors wrote, with old-fashioned party “machine” politics the most-extreme example. “Open primaries produce less ideologically extreme candidates than closed primaries, and produce candidates that are more representative of the party in the electorate as well as the overall electorate,” they wrote. “Open primaries increase citizen engagement as well as voter turnout in primary and general elections”/Betsy Russell, Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Do you prefer primaries the way they're currently run in Idaho? Or would you prefer that they be closed to party members only?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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