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Mon., March 17, 2014, 9:28 a.m.

DOTC: 100 Crossovers Significant

DanoftheCommunity: I noticed in another thread line and from an article today that likely 100 or so voters changed their affiliations recently. 100 doesn't sound like much but I was curious and went back in my old county on-line election archives and the Secretary of State as far as they went to 1994. Then I just looked at contested primary races at the legislative and county levels. From 1994 through 2012 I came up with 65 contested races. Eight of them were decided by less than a 100 vote difference between the winner and loser (and don't even mention close city elections to me). That works out to be about 12% of the total or about 1 in 8 elections.

DFO: Unaffiliated voters, of course, can sign up for the partisan races through Election Day.

Question: Do you think 100 crossover voters is significant/insignificant?




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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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