Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Idaho: No closed primaries, thank you

Closed primaries plan dies in committee. House bill would have forced voters to choose a political party, by Parker Howell (Spokesman Review) BOISE – Lawmakers narrowly rejected an attempt Monday to require Idaho voters to officially choose a political party in order to cast ballots in the state's primary elections.
Rep. Marv Hagedorn, R-Meridian, proposed a bill to close the state's primaries – a position favored by the state Republican Party platform to keep Democrats from voting in GOP party elections.
Hagedorn said Idaho's primary election participation has dropped dramatically since the state switched to open primaries in 1972. But several legislators said the bill would disenfranchise Idaho's traditionally independent voters....

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