We’re very encouraged the Idaho Legislature wants to increase voter participation.

Yet why pick such a costly way of doing it?

On Wednesday, the Senate State Affairs Committee passed Senate Bill 1066, which allows Idaho’s political parties to hold a presidential primary election on the second week of March.

The bill for this special election? Up to $2 million.

Remember four years ago when Idaho taxpayers were forced to pay $100,000 in legal fees after the state GOP closed its primary? You probably also remember the GOP closed its primary to limit voter participation.

Here’s a suggestion: open the primary and use that $2 million to educate our children and fix our roads.

Done and done.