Date: May 10, 2012 Contact: Dean A. Ferguson (208) 790-4530 or Larry Grant (208) 739-0242
To Be Clear: Everyone Can Vote in Democratic Primary Elections
Meridian, Idaho—Despite a $200,000 information campaign by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office regarding the new closed primary election, there remains confusion.
To clarify, absolutely anyone can vote in the Idaho Democratic primary elections next Tuesday. If you choose to be unaffiliated – essentially retaining your right to be a truly independent voter – you can vote in the Idaho Democratic primary election. Just ask for the Democratic ballot after you have declared that you are unaffiliated.
Also, if you choose to affiliate as a Republican, Constitutionalist, Libertarian, Democrat –and, again, unaffiliated – you can request and vote the Democratic ballot.
Republicans are the only party that is choosing to be exclusionary. They will only let registered Republicans vote in the Republican primary. They sued the state to impose this restriction on Idaho voters, and they succeeded.
“Republicans closed their primary election in an effort to purify their ranks and purge moderate and reasonable candidates,” said Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Larry Grant. “Thank Republicans for the confusion and angst among voters. Democrats respect that Idaho voters pride themselves on independence and respect their desire for privacy in the voting booth. We welcome all to vote in the Democratic primary.”