With voters' pamphlets in this week's mail, Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is taking the opportunity to assure voters that they don't have to register with a political party to vote in the General Election.
Ysursa told me he fears some voters believe the new party registration law implemented in May applied in November. Not the case. The party affiliation check boxes that appeared in May ballots will be absent next month.
"Party affiliation does not apply to the General Election and all voters will be able to vote for the candidates and issues of their choice, without regard to the political affiliation of the candidate or the voter," Ysursa said in a news release touting the Voters' Pamphlet.
The 46-page pamphlet is printed on newsprint and includes information on voter ID, proposed constitutional amendments, political parties, other voter information and Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
The bulk of the form is devoted to the propositions. Voters will decide whether to retain the three "Students Come First" or "Luna Law" reforms adopted in 2011. The full text of each law is included, along with pro and con arguments from the YES for Idaho Education proponents and the Vote NO on Propositions 1, 2 and 3.
Ysura's news release follows:
Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet Delivered Statewide This Week
Encourages all residents in the state to read and review important voting information.
(Boise, Idaho) – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today urged all Idaho residents to watch for the 2012 Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet in their mail this coming week.
Secretary Ysursa also reminded voters that party registration requirements have no effect on General Election procedures. “My office has received several inquiries concerning the General Election and party affiliation. Party affiliation does not apply to the General Election and all voters will be able to vote for the candidates and issues of their choice, without regard to the political affiliation of the candidate or the voter.”
The Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet contains information on the two proposed constitutional amendments and the three referenda which will appear on the General Election ballot as Propositions 1, 2 and 3. The Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet is being mailed to 639,067 residences and Post Office boxes in Idaho.
Along with the text of the two proposed constitutional amendments and three statewide referenda, the pamphlet contains pro and con statements provided by the proponents and opponents of the referenda. Contact information for proponents and opponents is also included for voters who would like to contact either side for more information.
Absentee ballots are available now from the counties and in-person absentee voting is available for voters who find it more convenient to vote early. Contact your County Clerk for times and locations.
For more information visit idahovotes.gov. An audio version of the Idaho Voters’ Pamphlet is available online or Talking Book Service users can request the audio version from the Talking Book Service at (800) 458-3271.
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