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DH: Don’t Blame Poll Workers

We will not attempt to guess the winners in the May 15 primary election, but we can make one rock-solid prediction. A lot of voters are going to be angry once they understand the new election rules. For Idaho voters, this primary election is not like any other in recent history. For the first time, voters will be forced to declare their party affiliation before they can cast a ballot. That’s right. If you want to vote May 15, you must tell the poll worker to which party you belong. And don’t make a mistake. If you select the wrong ballot you cannot exchange it, so be certain before you go to vote in which primary you want to vote. There is good news. For voters who jump between parties, or who would prefer not to claim either party, there is the option to say that you are not affiliated with either party. But there is a catch. If you want to vote in the Republican primary, you MUST declare as a Republican/Publisher Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Do you think most voters will know they have to disclose their political preference at spring primary election?

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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