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Fri., May 23, 2014, 9:09 a.m.

SR: Minority Rules In Idaho

The minority rules. Tuesday’s Idaho primary was but the latest reminder that a relatively small share of citizens will cast a ballot even with the state’s most important offices up for grabs, with little polling to discourage supporters of a candidate with better odds of drawing a bighorn ram hunting permit. The statewide turnout was about 25 percent, which is consistent with figures for the last decade. In Kootenai County, with the third largest total of registered voters – 69,000 – less than 22 percent trooped to the polls despite some sharply contested races. And, with the exception of a very few races, the primaries will determine who will hold office in 2015/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

Question: The ideologues in the Idaho GOP aren't about to jettison their closed-primary system, now that they've seen its effect in depressing the vote and increasing their clout. How do mainstream Republicans overcome this decided advantage?

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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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