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Wed., March 27, 2013, 4:08 p.m.

Senate Kills Sims’ ‘Anti-Kennedy’ Bill

HB 176, Coeur d’Alene GOP Rep. Kathy Sims’ bill to ban Idaho voters who’ve moved overseas from voting in state or local elections, has been defeated by a single vote in the Senate. The bill was just voted down, 17-18, after senators raised concerns about how it might affect Peace Corps volunteers, students studying internationally or young people serving religious missions. “We’ve got the best system in the world, but it’s only that way because people have the right to vote, and I don’t think we should take that away,” declared Sen. Curt McKenzie, R-Nampa. Sen. Les Bock, D-Boise, described his son’s Peace Corps volunteer service. “The idea that my son would be deprived of the right to vote while he was off doing service to his country is something that I can’t accept, and I urge you to vote no,” he said/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.

Question: On Twitter, Sen. Branden Durst called this legislation the "I Hate Mike Kennedy Bill." Actually, it was an attempt by Reps. Sims & Ed Morse and our old friend Sen. Bob Nonini to address the 2009 Coeur d'Alene City Council election. Thoughts?

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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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