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Idaho GOP Can’t Challenge Voters

Item: Closed Idaho GOP primary is actually pretty open: Republicans can't challenge voters/Keith Kinnaird, Bonner County Bee

More Info: Voters who cast their ballots based on the quality of individual candidates instead of party affiliation need not fear Idaho’s closed Republican primary. Only voters who declare their affiliation to the GOP will be issued Republican ballots in the May 15 primary election. But moral questions aside, there is nothing that prevents non-Republicans from simply declaring a GOP affiliation in order to vote in the Republican primary. Moreover, there is nothing in Idaho Code which allows the GOP to challenge your declared affiliation if there are any doubts about your political persuasion.

Question: Even if you don't consider yourself a Republican, do you plan to cast a Republican ballot in the Idaho primary, to ensure that your vote will count in important races?




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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