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Brannon: Party Defines Primary Picks

Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon reminds voters that their primary ballot options for the May 20 primary election are, by law, defined by the voter’s party affiliation. “Idaho Code 34-904A was implemented in 2011, but with primary elections occurring once every two years, people can forget,” said Brannon. Some people were upset by ramifications of this law during the May 2012 primary election. To help alleviate voter confusion, the County’s Elections website has an explanation of party affiliation’s connection to primary ballot options. Click on this link: “March 14, 2014 is when voters’ ballot options narrow due to party affiliation,” Brannon said. “We’re providing information now so people have enough time to understand their choices”/Kootenai County Clerk's Office. More here.

Question: I think this press release says that you're limited to the choices provided by your party affiliation, since Idaho Republicans closed their primary. Anyone have a different interpretation?

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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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