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Fri., Feb. 28, 2014, 4:24 p.m.

Closed Primary Concerns Otter

Gov. Butch Otter said his campaign is taking steps to boost voter turnout as he faces his first closed Republican primary after winning 11 of 12 open contests in a political career spanning 42 years. “On May 20 when you go in (to the polling place), they’re going to have a piece of paper there that says, ‘I am a Republican,’” Otter told a sympathetic audience of Farmers Insurance agents at the Capitol Thursday. “Well, there are a lot of folks that may not want to sign that.” He added: “When I think about how many people have been disenfranchised — which was maybe, I’m sure was an unintended consequence. Every state employee is supposed to be nonpartisan…Now when you sign this piece of paper it says that ‘I am a Republican’ and it’s the only way you can get a Republican ballot”/Dan Popkey, Idaho Statesman. More here.

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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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