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Little: New closed-primary bill not perfect, but better than expected

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little addresses the Idaho Press Club on Wednesday; he said the new closed-primary election bill that's in the works isn't as bad as he feared as far as limiting voter participation. The bill is likely to come out late this week or early next week, he said. (Betsy Russell)
Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little addresses the Idaho Press Club on Wednesday; he said the new closed-primary election bill that's in the works isn't as bad as he feared as far as limiting voter participation. The bill is likely to come out late this week or early next week, he said. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho Lt. Gov. Brad Little is addressing the Idaho Press Club this morning; answering questions from reporters, Little said he's generally in favor of the closed-primary bill that's in the works, though he would have preferred leaving Idaho's primary election system the way it is. "I'm kinda like the secretary of state, I think participation is a very important thing in the electoral process, so maximizing participation is very important," he said. The new bill, which Little said is likely to come out late this week or early next week, still would permit "non-affiliated" voters to vote in Republican primaries under certain circumstances, he said. "Is it perfect? In my opinion, no. Will it satisfy the federal judge? Yes. Will it maximize participation? I think it will more than I thought it was going to."



Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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