By ROBERT S. MERRILL
Beginning in 2011, a state law went into effect allowing a voter to participate only in the primary election of the political party for which he or she is registered. This holds true unless the party notifies the Secretary of State in writing it elects to allow additional voters (unaffiliated voters and/or those registered with another party) to participate in that party’s primary election.
County elections clerk Camille Larsen said the Idaho Democratic Party will allow unaffiliated voters, or electors registered with a different political party, to vote for Democratic candidates.
However, the Idaho Republican Party has decided to only allow those affiliated with the Republican Party to vote for Republican candidates, she said.
The purpose of primary elections in the State of Idaho is to allow members of a recognized political party to select that party’s nominees to go on the General Election ballot. Primary elections often are referred to as “party primaries,” according to Larsen.
She said electors can designate their party affiliation with any of the following political parties: Democratic, Republican, Constitution or Libertarian or select no party affiliation by coming into the county clerk’s office and completing the Party Affiliation Declaration Form. Electors will need to designate or change their party affiliation before March 14, she added.
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