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Op-Ed: It’s Time To Lock Down Red State Elections

By • July 20, 2022

“Everybody wants to protect their own tribe, whether they are right or wrong.” – Charles Barkley

America is experiencing a seismic population shift, and progressive states are leaking peoplecompanies, and revenue faster than our porous borders can replenish them.  The recent 2020 Census showed population gains in predominantly conservative markets and losses in progressive blue markets, but that doesn’t begin to tell the whole story.  A follow-up study by the Census Bureau showed population undercounts in five conservative states and overcounts in six progressive states.  The shift is likely greater than official numbers and the miscalculation has cost conservative states representation in government.

Have you read conservative headlines boasting of an inbound red tsunami that is barreling toward the Atlantic Coast?  It’s scheduled to land sometime in early November, they say.  Look at our registration numbers, they say. If the primaries are any indicator of what we can expect in the Fall, it will probably look a lot like what we historically see in mid-term elections.  The minority party will become the majority party, but results will fall short of projections and the press will sing the lamentations of unmet expectations or the praises of moral victories.

State and National Republican Parties have been quick to take victory laps and chalk recent population and registration gains up to party-led recruitment efforts.  The reality is that burdensome progressive policy has been the best recruitment tool for conservative markets, and the Republican parties are just beneficiaries as the de facto alternative to the insanity.  Given the short memories of the American voter, it remains to be seen whether this migration will become a net positive or negative for red America, and whether newcomers will default to the voting habits that led them to flee in the first place.  One thing is for sure, as progressives migrate to freer climes, they’re bringing their horrible electoral schemes with them.

After early Spring primaries, conservatives in nine states such as Georgia and South Carolina are calling to close their primaries to only those registered for their party.   Sixteen red states currently hold open primaries, while that number drops to only five blue states.  Given the somewhat inexplicable reelection of unpopular candidates like Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, critics may have a point.  Some estimates show as many as eighty-five thousand Democrats crossed the aisle and requested a Republican ballot in Georgia’s recent primary.  This number is hard to nail down since no party affiliation is required in Georgia’s primary.

While this number wasn’t enough to overcome the difference in Raffensperger’s margin of victory, it was likely enough to prevent him from getting into a runoff.  In an off-presidential year where Stacy Abrams was uncontested for the Democrat Party’s gubernatorial nomination, it makes good sense for Democrats to cross the aisle and get to choose Abrams’ opponent. Unfortunately, merely closing up the primaries is not a solution to this problem.

Establishment Republican blocs have enjoyed a measure of success by harnessing the aisle-crossing strategy. This was certainly the case in Idaho’s recent primary where Democrats actively promoted aisle crossing and establishment Republicans courted them.  Official fact-checks of party registration changes by the Liberal press looked at a narrow window between January and April of 2022 to dismiss critics and suggest that only about ten thousand Democrats crossed the aisles to vote in the Republican Primary.  However, in Idaho, unaffiliated voters can affiliate with a party up to and on election day. A combination of Democrats in addition to unaffiliated voters is likely the difference in many races.

A broader look at Idaho party registrations between November of 2020 and just after the Primary in May 2022 shows a much larger discrepancy than advertised, with -12,000 Democrat registrations, -46,000 unaffiliated registrations, and +46,000 Republican registrations.  The Secretary of State’s website is unclear what if any delay in reporting exists, but it should be noted that the largest changes in reported registration came between May and June during the primary.  This registration shift of as few as 19,000 and as many as 46,000 voters is more than enough to have determined the outcome in many major local and state-level races.

Open primaries aren’t the only niche election strategies that progressives and establishment Republicans have exploited. In Alaska, they will be utilizing both an open primary, but also ranked-choice voting for the first time this year.  This is a favorite subversive scheme of progressives to give undue preference to marginal candidates.  In ranked-choice voting, the voters rank all candidates by order of preference and the ballots are run through rounds until a candidate garners a fifty percent majority of votes. Also known as instant runoff, ranked-choice voting can and often does elevate marginal candidates who were preferred by a stark minority of voters. It is no wonder that as the progressive invasion advances, ideas like this are pushed on a naive conservative electorate.

It is clear that a closed primary is not nearly enough to lock down party elections, especially if there are no limitations on registration such as on the frequency or time between changing party registrations.  Some have proposed that the solution to this problem lies in moving the state’s gubernatorial election and the presidential election to the same cycle so that they fall in the same year.  In this way, Democrats or unaffiliated voters who wish to have a say in national Democratic representation must vote in their own primaries to ensure that they don’t hold undue influence in parties they don’t align with.

Very few conservatives are lining up to flip blue states red, and Democrats have permanently institutionalized their hold on states like California with schemes like universal mail-in balloting and ballot harvesting.  Should this mass migration end in blue majorities in once red sanctuaries, expect the California playbook to follow and an end to our Republic soon thereafter. As the great progressive exodus advances and companies and dollars follow, it’s important that red states lock down those systems and institutions that made them a worthy destination in the first place. The future of the republic depends on it.

Note: This Op-Ed was submitted by Brian Parsons. Op-Eds do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of those at the Idaho Dispatch. This Op-Ed originally appeared in

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16 thoughts on “Op-Ed: It’s Time To Lock Down Red State Elections

  1. I have been a registered R for 10 years. You all say you want more votes but then call foul when the votes don’t go your way and say you’ve been sabotaged. What BS.
    I was disgusted yesterday hearing that the ID R party says that if I’ve DONATED to another candidate I can’t vote in the primary. How would you have access to this info? I don’t want Little and didn’t vote for him; what if I wanted to donate to an opposing candidate while still remaining in the party? A 12 month waiting period? Buddy this is the definition of voter suppression and you’re all absolute hypocrites for this stance.
    I will also not pledge my support to Israel and Jesus. I am against encroachment in my life and want less government. No abortion when the mother’s life is at risk? WTF? This is zealous nonsense. Not one mention of heath freedom or pushback against federal encroachment after going through the worst period of most of our lives. Just statements of pious garbage- the Neocon Platform. You’re not the opposition party.
    I changed my registration yesterday. I’m a member of the Constitution Party now. Take your primary and shove it. You’re all liars and aren’t even close to conservative. You have proven to me you are out of touch and care only to use government to hold your “enemies’” feet to the fire, rub their nose in your “values.”
    You don’t represent mine.
    -former R

    1. You’re either a liar or a Liberal. Conservatives understand why the left trojan horses language about the life of the mother into laws and platforms. Why not just “life is at risk?” Because they want to discount children in utero from the outset. They made it clear that life is life and didnt make exceptions to that. If you dont agree, the Constitution Party isnt going to be a more natural fit.

      1. Right! I’m a liar because it triggers you that I’m not a zealot. I want LESS government. I don’t need someone telling me what my values are, left or right. You’ve become a uniparty cult.

        1. Surely you can see that it doesn’t matter if they have a d or r next to their name, they’re part of the problem just the same. It’s not about Republicans vs. Democrats it’s the people vs the government. The establishment are all garbage and all need to go. As far as your comment on abortion according to the scientific study of life (biology) life begins at conception therefore according to biology abortion is murder. This is proven science not religious views.

    2. April: “No abortion when the mother’s life is at risk? WTF? This is zealous nonsense.”
      April, you haven’t even read the statute text that you’re commenting on. The statute says the OPPOSITE of what you zealously believe and then claim without having done any research whatsoever (took me 5 seconds to find this):

      I agree that the Republican party is rarely the opposition party. They deserve to be replaced by Constitution-minded folks.

  2. So would “Locking Down Red State Elections” guarantee Idahoans that there would be NO future federal loving, could care less about The People, liberals such as Little, Bedke, McGrane, Winder???

    If so, we’ll listen further.
    If not, well then April’s comment says it all.

    1. There are no guarantees in life, but if your policy is dont put locks on the doors if you dont already have locks on the windows, then you’re not really trying to secure your home.

      1. Our policy is to get the decades of past and current lying liberal rinos out of Idaho’s Republican Party.

    2. They won’t guarantee anything. I voted for every single candidate they all wanted to get through and couldn’t because Little and his posse was very well liked by the older crowd that want a “moderate” and they told me personally (I’m a home health nurse in hundreds of homes) that the other candidates were “extremists.”
      Now the same party says I’m the one who isn’t good enough and that liberals voted him in! What did liberals get from Little? Really? This is sore loser syndrome, nothing more.

  3. Idahoan’s can have clean elections tomorrow if the citizens demanded the following:
    -Clean the voter rolls
    -Closed Primaries
    -Highly limit Absentee Ballots to people who can justify their reason for not voting on Election Day. Mail in tamper proof envelops serialized.
    -End all early voting
    -Vote on Election Day only with voter id
    -Hand Count Ballots at Precinct Level
    -Eliminate All Electronic Machines until we get open source blockchain technology

  4. I would agree with Joseph’s idea of how to have elections and carry it one step further. Why even have primaries? Just have general election.

    1. Because not having Primaries guarantees that the RINOs and Liberals team up to destroy this state. Instead, lock down your primaries. Pure democracy is majority rule and you will get Brad Littles forever

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