A new bill has been introduced in the Idaho Legislature that would limit the ability of unaffiliated voters from affiliating with a political party on election day.
Currently, unaffiliated voters can choose a political party to affiliate with on election day. House Bill 439 was introduced by Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy (R-Genesee) in the House State Affairs Committee and is awaiting a full public hearing.
The bill’s official Statement of Purpose is as follows:
Under current Idaho code, voters in the four recognized political parties who want to change to a different party or become unaffiliated, must do so by the candidate filing deadline prior to the primary election. Those already in the unaffiliated category, however, have different rules. They may change their affiliation to any of the four parties at any time up to and including the primary election day.
This bill will standardize the change of affiliation deadline for all primary voters.
The Idaho Democrat Party criticized the bill on Twitter saying,
The fact that this bill was introduced by Rep. Caroline Nilsson Troy shows just how out of touch she is with her district, which includes many college students who are first-time unaffiliated voters. #idpol #idleg
A public hearing for the bill has not yet been scheduled.
Tags: Caroline Nilsson Troy, Elections, Idaho Democrat Party, Voting