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Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Idaho State Rep. Elaine Smith votes no on HB 185

From Elaine Smith, state representative from Pocatello: Another bill in House State Affairs last week was the print hearing on semi-open primary elections. If this bill would pass, people who vote in the primary would have to declare a political party. The modification to this bill from a previous bill would allow the political parties to notify the Idaho Secretary of State's Office between Nov. 1 and Nov. 30 of the odd-numbered years if they intended to allow independent voters to vote in their political party primary. I did vote no because I believe this bill would disenfranchise around one-third of Idahoans, who state they are independents. I would encourage anyone interested in this issue to read House Bill 185 online at

You might remember that Idaho independent Mitch Campbell from Twin Falls testified at the hearings last week that 37% of all Idaho voters are independent.

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