Today is the day to declare a party change to vote for the Republican races

March 14, 2014 

Does this affect you? Friday is the deadline for voters who want to change their Democratic, Libertarian or Constitution party affiliation to be able to vote in the Republican primary on May 20. New or 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 closed primary.

Want to run for office? Candidates have till Friday to file for federal, state and county races. Contact the secretary of state: 334-2852 or

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