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Wed., May 7, 2014, 10:38 a.m.

Otter Rips Closed-Primary System

While he's not a fan of the new closed primary system, Idaho Gov. C.L. (Butch) Otter still wants everyone to vote in the May 20 election. The two-term governor stopped in Lewiston for a "get-out-the-vote" rally Tuesday. About 30 people attended, most of whom were employees of Seekins Precision, the small manufacturing firm where the event was held. "During the last election, we didn't get the turnout we'd like to see," he said. "We only had about 23 percent of registered voters come out. For democracy to work, we need greater participation than that." Despite the dismal turnout numbers, Otter said he doesn't see much likelihood that Idaho will switch to a top two primary system or use mail-in ballots, both of which have helped Washington state maintain voter turnout levels closer to 40 percent in recent primaries/William L. Spence, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Do you expect the Reasonable Republicans to roll back the closed-primary system if they re-gain control of their party?

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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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