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DOTC Switches Sides To Republican

Dan English, former Kootenai County Clerk and a registered democrat, turns in a form to change his affiliation, allowing him to vote in the republican primary, to clerical employee Grace Studer Thursday at the Kootenai County Elections Office in Coeur d’Alene. (Coeur d'Alene Press photo: Shawn Gust)

It was a tough decision, but Dan English, a lifelong Democrat who was elected four times as Kootenai County clerk, affiliated with the Republican Party on Thursday - and he's not too happy about it. “It almost feels like I'm wife swapping,” English said. “My wife and I have put a lot of thought and discussion into this. We don't do wife swapping and we don't do party swapping either, but we wound up believing that the best way to practice our electoral fidelity would be to become reluctant, but temporary visitors of the Republican Party.” English and his wife want to exercise their right to vote for their elected representatives, but often those representatives are selected in the Republican primary elections/Jeff Selle, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here.

Question: Anyone else out there who needs to affiliate Republican by 5 p.m. next Friday, March 14?

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