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Candidate filing for the 2022 Idaho elections ended Friday, March 11, at 5 O’clock. As I looked at the various elections for legislative races, it struck me the contest in many elections will be determined May 17th. That is actually the 2022 primary election date in Idaho, but in 17 of 35 Idaho Senate races and 32 of 105 Idaho House races, only Republican candidates have put their hat in the ring. There are no candidates in those contests for the Democratic, Independent, or Libertarian parties. In those elections, when the primary vote counting is finished, the winner will have no opposition in November, so essentially, the election will be decided. And, in those elections, only voters registered as Republicans will be allowed to vote.

Over the years, I have heard many people say they don’t bother voting in primary elections. They seem to reason the November election is enough to worry about and they just don’t have time to decide who to vote for in May, or even if they will vote in the primary. If you live in one of the 49 Idaho legislative district contests with only one party represented, waiting until November to vote means you won’t get to make a choice this year.

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