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Previewing Election Season In Idaho

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By KMVT News

The Idaho Legislative session wrapped up in 74 days, and while lawmakers say the amount of time might be short, a lot was accomplished.

Representative Stephen Hartgen of District 24 notes, "it's the shortest session we've had in at least 10 years, maybe more than that, but we've accomplished quite a bit. There was some controversy, but those things are behind us and overall it was a good session."

With issues like the Ag-gag bill and guns on college campuses behind them, politicians look toward the primary elections.

Says Hartgen of the politicians, "if they have a primary election, they're probably campaigning this morning but for those of us who don't have a primary contest we're probably looking a little further ahead."

The filing deadline for party and independent candidates was March 14th.

Next, the filing deadline for write in candidates for the primary's is April 22nd, with the voter registration deadline for the primaries on April 25th.

The Democratic party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in the primary election while the Republican party requires voters are registered with their party.

Mitt Romney endorsed politicians in Boise this week.

Butch Otter is seeking a third term as Governor and will face Russ Fulcher in the May Republican primary.

The primary election will take place may 20th and the general election will take place on November 4th.


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