Idaho Dems to Secretary of State: Billboards Promoting GOP Primary Are Out of Line 

click to enlarge At least three billboards are part of an advertising campaign encouraging participation in the Idaho GOP primary. - IDAHO DEMOCRATIC PARTY
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  • At least three billboards are part of an advertising campaign encouraging participation in the Idaho GOP primary.


Idaho Democrats are crying foul over what they call "misleading and inaccurate" advertising from the Idaho secretary of state's office regarding the March 8 Idaho Republican presidential primary. The Dems say the taxpayer-funded campaign is geared to only those Idahoans who are registered with the Republican Party.

"We are aware of at least three billboards advertising ... the primary election," wrote Idaho Democratic Party Chairman Bert Marley to Secretary of State Lawerence Denney. "As your office is aware, this election is in fact not a full primary election."

The GOP primary is geared only for those Idahoans registered as Republicans and the registration deadline of Feb. 12 has already come and gone. 

Dems are asking Denney for a number of remedies:
  • Identify the locations of any billboard currently displaying what they call "misleading" information;
  • Revise the billboards to read, "Only the Republican and Constitutional Parties will hold presidential primaries on March 8"; 
  • Add a reference to the Idaho Democratic Party caucuses, which will be held around the state on March 22;
  • Do not remove billboards or other advertising content (with the corrected information) until after the Democratic caucuses are held.

    Idaho Democratic Party officials said they haven't heard from Denney on the matter.

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