Bill to open primary elections moves forward

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A bill that would let voters without a political party cast ballots in primary elections is moving ahead. 

The bill, sponsored by Democrat Natalie Figueroa, squeaked through the House Consumer and Public Affair Committee with a three-to-two vote. 

The “no” votes came from the committee’s Republican members, including Rep. Candy Spence Ezzell. 

She called the idea an absolute nightmare for county clerk’s offices. 

Around 22 percent of the state’s registered voters have declined to declare a political party. 

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