- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

BOISE, Idaho (AP) - The head of Idaho’s Democratic Party is criticizing the purchase of 22 state-funded billboards that advertise the state’s upcoming presidential primary, but fail to include information that the March 8 election is solely for the Republican and Constitution parties.

Democratic Chairman Bert Marley called the billboards misleading and confusing in a letter sent to Republican Secretary of State Lawerence Denney.

In a statement released Wednesday, Marley asked Denney to correct the alleged mistake by informing voters there is a statewide Democratic caucus on March 22.

However, Tim Hurst with the Secretary of State’s office says they don’t plan on informing voters of the statewide caucus because it’s a party-sponsored event.

Idaho’s GOP primary elections are closed to voters who aren’t registered as a Republican. Lawmakers approved moving up the presidential primary last year with the intent of improving Idaho’s profile in the 2016 primary.

Hurst says the purpose of the billboards is to drive people to the secretary of state’s voter website to get more information on all election and party events.

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