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Ysursa: Primary turnout in Idaho is ‘abysmal’ now, needs to rise

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa addresses the Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday; he said Idaho primary election turnout is
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa addresses the Senate State Affairs Committee on Wednesday; he said Idaho primary election turnout is "abysmal" now. (Betsy Russell)

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said he wanted to correct Allen on the cost of party registration; the figures submitted in the lawsuit were on a mail-in changeover system, he said, while this bill anticipates voters would register for the first time simply by showing up to vote and making a declaration. Ysursa said the bill will be a big change, and voter participation is a priority. "I think our primaries right now are abysmal - we need to get 'em up," Ysursa told the senators. "We need to get all our election participation up."



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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