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For many local voters, the Republican Primary races to be decided on May 17, may be their only focus. A county that is traditionally one of the most Republican in the state, Gem County has a full Republican ballot to ponder before casting votes next week. That is, if you are a declared Republican.

Primary races are intended to clear up the field of candidates prior to a General Election in November. Persons who are not members of a party may not participate in the selection of that party’s nominees. However, Idaho law does allow the political parties the option of opening their primary elections to “unaffiliated” voters and members of other political parties if they so choose.

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