Idaho Democratic Party Convinces Secretary of State to Fix Misleading Billboards

The Idaho Democratic Party is pleased to announce that the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office has agreed to fix the billboards that caused confusion over Idaho’s presidential primary process.

While the billboards accurately promoted the date of the Constitution and Republican Party Presidential primary, they created the impression that other parties could vote on the same day.

We thank the Secretary of State’s Office for recognizing that their billboard advertising campaign was misleading and for agreeing to fix the billboards,” said IDP Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown. “We are also pleased that we solved this issue without having to take it court.

The “fix” will simply be the removal of the words “Presidential Primary March 8.” This will stop confusing voters, who would intend to vote in the Democratic Presidential primary, which will take place at statewide county caucuses on March 22. The effect will be to leave information for voters to go to the Secretary of State’s website, idahovotes.gov, where accurate information is listed.

The Idaho Democratic Statewide Presidential County Caucuses will be on March 22 in a town near you!

Here’s the press release:

Idaho Democratic Party

Idaho Secretary of State to Fix Billboard

Boise—At the request of the Idaho Democratic Party, the Idaho Secretary of State has agreed to fix 22 billboards that inaccurately advertise Idaho’s presidential election process.

The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office contacted the IDP this week after the IDP’s lawyers delivered a letter to Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney on February 19. The letter notified Secretary Denney that the IDP intended to pursue legal action.

“We thank the Secretary of State’s Office for recognizing that their billboard advertising campaign was misleading and for agreeing to fix the billboards,” said IDP Executive Director Sally Boynton Brown. “We are also pleased that we solved this issue without having to take it court.”

The Secretary of State’s Office has said that it will take about a week to fix the signs. The fix will simply be to remove the words “Presidential Primary Election March 8” from the billboards. That way voters who wish to participate in the March 22 Idaho Democratic Statewide Presidential County Caucuses will not be mislead into showing up on the wrong day.

The Idaho Democratic Party is grateful for the excellent work of our attorney Sam Dotters-Katz from the law firm, Jones Gledhill Fuhrman Gourley, P.A, of Boise. Their work on this issue was no doubt persuasive in convincing the Secretary of State’s Office to avoid a legal contest and seek a reasonable resolution out of court.

The Idaho Democratic Party also thanks the thousands of Idahoans who worked to persuade the Idaho Secretary of State Office to fix the billboards. Your voice matters.

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