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Idaho Democrats Move Toward Presidential Primary Format

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The March Democratic presidential caucus saw a record-breaking turnout. About 24,000 people made their voices heard around the state – including an overwhelming 9,000 in Boise. But long lines and confusion about the process caused some people to leave the caucus before they had a chance to vote.

Fast-forward to the Democratic convention this past weekend, when delegates voted in favor of ditching the caucus system for a presidential primary. Idaho state representative John Gannon (D-Boise) presented the resolution. He says a primary is a more inclusive option.

“Unfortunately the caucus process deprives people of the right to vote," says Gannon. "The elderly, disabled, people with work conflicts – people who have small children and have to take care of them – can’t participate in the caucus.”

The Republicans moved to a primary this year. Taxpayers pay two million dollars for the GOP voting process, and Gannon says Democrats should join that format.

The resolution now needs to be endorsed by state and national party officials. If approved, Democrats in Idaho will vote in a presidential primary in 2020.

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Frankie Barnhill was the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast.