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‘There is no privacy’ on party choice in new system, Hill tells senators

Sen. Michelle Stennett, D-Ketchum, said she had a question of "sensitivity," saying, "Being from the very, very minority party, particularly in some districts, if you're walking into the grange or the home or the small precincts where you walk up and you may be the one Democrat that is going to take the primary ballot, is this a very public forum, where you say, 'I'm taking Democrat, I'm taking Republican'? I'm trying to envision where there is any element of privacy to it."

Senate President Pro-Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, responded, "It doesn't go up on a bulletin board or anything, but it's not really that private either, and I would expect it would be different from precinct to precinct. But remember, once it's done it's a matter of public record, so there is no privacy with regard to which party you affiliated yourself with, based on the ballot you took."

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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