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Fulcher asks voters to ‘come home,’ re-register as Idaho Republicans by Friday

Repeating last week’s entreaty to win support from non-Republicans, Senate Majority Caucus Chairman Russ Fulcher is making a final push to re-register those “registered as Constitutional, Libertarians, and even Democrats” to vote in the Idaho GOP’s May 20 closed primary.

The five-term Republican is openly courting non-Republicans to help him unseat two-term GOP Gov. Butch Otter. Otter has expressed concern that some voters will stay away out of reluctance to declare themselves as Republicans. Fulcher supported the closed primary when the party instituted it in 2012; Otter opposed it.

In an email Monday afternoon, Fulcher reminds his mailing list that the deadline to re-register with county clerks and qualify for the primary is Friday. He asks recipients to click a sharing link to “help me get the word out to our like-minded friends by sharing this information with them.”

Fulcher also provides links to the affiliation form where voters may affirm their allegiance to the GOP and contact information for clerks in Idaho’s 44 counties.

Fulcher’s email follows:

I hope you had a great weekend.

I’m sure you have probably seen the news about the upcoming deadline to vote in the GOP primary. I am concerned that our like-minded friends who have left the Party over the last few years of leadership may not know they need to re-register.

I’ve had so much support from friends who were once Republicans, but are now Independents or registered as Constitutional, Libertarians, and even Democrats. I want to get word to these folks that I am committed to uniting Idaho with our shared values of limited government, low taxes, and less federal intrusion into our lives.

If you are currently not a registered Republican but you share my ideas on the path forward for Idaho, I hope you will take a moment to “come home” by filling out this form: http://www.idahovotes.gov/VoterReg/affiliation_form.pdf and sending it to your County Clerk, whose contact info can be found here: http://www.idahovotes.gov/clerk.htm

The deadline to have this done is THIS FRIDAY, March 14.

Will you also help me get the word out to our like-minded friends by sharing this information with them?


Thanks and I hope you have a great week!

- Russ

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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