May 20 candidates, voters face March 14 deadline

Declare this week to vote in GOP primary

March 9, 2014 

Want to run for office? Candidates have until Friday to file for all federal, state and county races on the May primary. To get information, contact the secretary of state at 334-2852 or go to

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

Unaffiliated majority: Of Idaho’s 742,000 registered voters, 440,000 are unaffiliated. Idaho’s first closed primary took place in 2012 after the state Republican Party won a federal lawsuit over the objections of Gov. Butch Otter and others.

Republicans: 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 to switch and vote in the GOP primary.

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