Idaho voters, candidates face March 14 deadline to sign up for May primary

March 4, 2014 

Want to run for office? Candidates have until March 14 to file for all federal, state and county races on the May primary and November general election ballots. To get information on filing requirements, contact the Idaho secretary of state at 334-2852 or go to

Wait, there’s more March 14 also is the deadline for voters who want to change their Democratic, Libertarian or Constitution party affiliation to be able to vote in the May 20 Republican primary. Unaffiliated voters can declare themselves Republicans on Election Day.

Unaffiliated majority Of Idaho’s 742,000 registered voters, 440,000 remain unaffiliated since Idaho’s first closed primary in 2012 after the Idaho Republican Party won a federal lawsuit over the objections of Gov. Butch Otter and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa.

How many? About 241,000 voters, or 33 percent, are registered GOP. About 57,000 registered Democrats, 3,400 Libertarians and 1,700 members of the Constitution Party must file a declaration form with their county clerk by March 14 if they wish to switch parties and vote GOP.

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