Two of the four Republican candidates for state superintendent of public instruction did not vote in the Republican primary two years ago. And according to county voting records, one candidate didn’t cast a ballot in the November 2012 general election, when Idahoans overturned three far-reaching education laws advanced by state superintendent Tom Luna. In May 2012, for the first time in decades, voters were required to register as a Republican to participate in the GOP primary. Those registrations and voting histories are public records. Here is how the four GOP candidates voted in May 2012, according to records in Elmore, Power, Canyon and Idaho counties:
- Sherri Ybarra of Mountain Home voted absentee. She filled out an unaffiliated ballot, meaning she could not have voted in contested Republican primaries.
- Randy Jensen of American Falls didn’t vote at all.
- John Eynon of Grangeville and Andy Grover of Melba voted in the Republican primary.