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Idahoans for Open Primaries initiative qualifies for November ballot – Dailyfly
Idahoans for Open Primaries initiative qualifies for November ballot – Dailyfly

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(Boise, Idaho) – The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office announced today that the Idahoans for Open Primaries initiative has met the legal requirements to appear on the November 5, 2024 general election ballot.

The Secretary of State’s office issued a letter of acceptance confirming that the initiative met the required threshold of 62,895 valid signatures. This number represents 6 percent of all registered voters in the last general election. In addition, these signatures met the legal requirements for distribution to at least 18 precincts with at least 6 percent of registered voters from each precinct. Idaho county clerk’s offices verified the signatures before initiative organizers submitted them to the Secretary of State’s office for final acceptance and review.

The official title and summary of the initiative by the Attorney General are as follows:

Short title:

ACTION TO (1) REPLACE VOTER SELECTION OF PARTY NOMINATIONS WITH NON-PARTY PRIMARY ELECTIONS; (2) REQUIRE RANKED CHOICE VOTING FOR GENERAL ELECTIONS.

General title:
THIS MEASURE PROPOSES TWO DIFFERENT CHANGES TO THE ELECTION OF MOST PUBLIC OFFICES.

FOR THE FIRST TIME, THIS MEASURE WOULD ELIMINATE PARTY PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN IDAHO. UNDER CURRENT LAW, POLITICAL PARTIES NOMINATE CANDIDATES THROUGH PRIMARY ELECTIONS IN WHICH PARTY MEMBERS VOTE FOR A CANDIDATE TO REPRESENT THE PARTY IN THE GENERAL ELECTION. THE INITIATIVE WOULD CREATE A SYSTEM IN WHICH ALL CANDIDATES PARTICIPATE IN A NON-PARTY PRIMARY AND ALL VOTERS VOTE FOR ALL CANDIDATES. THE FOUR VOTE HOLDERS FOR EACH OFFICIAL FEDERATION WOULD ADVANCE TO THE GENERAL ELECTION. CANDIDATES MAY LISTS ANY AFFILIATION ON THE BALLOT, BUT MAY NOT REPRESENT ANY POLITICAL PARTIES AND MUST NOT BE AFFILIATED WITH THE PARTY THEY INDICATE.

SECOND, THE MEASURE WOULD REQUIRE RANKED CHOICE VOTING FOR THE GENERAL ELECTION. UNDER CURRENT LAW, VOTERS CAN CHOOSE ONE CANDIDATE FOR EACH OFFICE, AND THE CANDIDATE WITH THE MOST VOTES WINS. INSTEAD, RANKED CHOICE VOTING WOULD REQUIRE VOTING FOR EACH CANDIDATE ON THE BALLOT IN ORDER OF PREFERENCE. VOTES WOULD BE COUNTED IN CONSECUTIVE ROUNDS FOR EACH PREFERENCE ORDER. THE CANDIDATE WITH THE LEAST VOTES IN EACH ROUND WOULD BE ELIMINATED, AND VOTES FOR THAT CANDIDATE IN LATER ROUNDS WOULD NOT BE COUNTED. THE CANDIDATE WITH THE MOST VOTES IN THE LAST ROUND WOULD WIN.

Arguments for and against the initiative may be submitted to the Secretary of State’s office no later than July 20, 2024, at 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time. Arguments may be submitted via an online form at https://forms.sos.idaho.gov/pro-con/.

Voters in Idaho will receive a voter pamphlet with the text of the initiative and selected pro and con arguments before the general election. For more information on the initiative process, visit https://voteidaho.gov/initiatives-amendments/.

By Everly