ID lawmakers OK $100K payment to GOP after lawsuit

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – State lawmakers have given final approval to a $100,000 payment to the Republican Party after the state lost a federal court case that threw out Idaho’s open primary law. Republicans long sought to restrict primary elections only to registered party members, arguing that crossover voting had skewed outcomes. In March, they finally won in court. House Democrats, and nine Republicans, objected to the settlement during Wednesday’s debate. House Minority Leader John Rusche, of Lewiston, said it was “unconscionable” to make Idaho taxpayers cover legal fees for a lawsuit that will limit voter access to the ballot. Democratic Rep. Elfreda Higgins, of Boise, said the money equated to the yearly salaries of about three teachers. Republicans who supported the measure countered that the statehad to pay the fee.

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