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Idaho Caucus Confuses Republicans

Idaho Republican Party officials may be happy with how the new presidential caucus is playing out, but at the local level it's causing more confusion than joy. The main point people need to understand is this: If they want to vote for a presidential candidate before November, they have to participate in the March 6 Republican caucus or the April 14 Democratic caucus. Unlike previous years, the names of presidential candidates will no longer be included on the May primary ballots. Consequently, unaffiliated or independent voters will no longer have even a symbolic say in who the nominee should be. Nor will anyone who can't attend the caucus in person, since absentee ballots aren't accepted. The new system stems from a decision by Idaho Republicans to move their presidential nomination process up from May to Super Tuesday, when almost 20 percent of the delegates needed to win the Republican nomination will be up for grabs/William Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here. (SR file photo of the 2004 Democratic caucus at North Idaho College)

Question: Do you understand the caucus system that will be used by Idaho Republicans on Super Tuesday?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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