Monday, May 21, 2012
Mechanics of the primary required all manner of information most people do not wish to be public information. The declaration document asked for email addresses, and several other items that would become public record. There are a number of people including THE GUARDIAN who think the voting box is private. Add to this any number of people in the public spotlight who may not wish to have their political affiliation known.
Excluding people from voting for their County Commissioners over party affiliation is another issue that is simply wrong. Who knows the outcome of the election had everyone been allowed to vote and make the decision of party affiliation a private matter. The closed primary does not further the notion of a government of the people, by the people and for the people.
THE GUARDIAN hopes all of this will be worked out at the party meeting in June. The current voting restrictions in the primary does not get more people involved in the process nor is their voice heard. Dominance of the Republican party in Idaho should be enough for party purists.
(Ivory Soap is only 99.44% pure)
Posted by Paul Alldredge at 11:38 AM