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Lawmakers eye change to closed Idaho presidential primaries

New legislation would require Idaho voters who want to participate in a closed presidential primary to affiliate with that party 90 days before the primary.
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BOISE, Idaho — New legislation would require Idaho voters who want to participate in a closed presidential primary to affiliate with that party 90 days before the primary. 

The House State Affairs Committee on Tuesday voted to hold a hearing on the legislation. 

Republicans close their primaries in Idaho while Democrats do not. 

Republicans are concerned some voters might affiliate with a party they don't support to throw a primary vote to a less popular candidate more likely to lose in the general election. 

Non-presidential primaries in Idaho already have a 60-day party affiliation deadline.  

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