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State Files Primary Suit Dismissal

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The Idaho Attorney General's Office has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, seeking to close primaries in the state.

The plaintiffs in the case are 71 members of the Idaho Republican Party, who filed the suit in an effort to close state Republican primaries.

According to the documents filed Aug. 2, the Attorney General's Office asserts that the plaintiffs lack standing as representatives of the Republican Party needed to file the suit. The motion to dismiss states that, "As individual members, plaintiffs are inappropriately attempting to assert the rights of a third party—the Idaho Republican Party."

An affidavit by J. Kirk Sullivan, chairman of the Idaho Republican State Central Committee, stating that the plaintiffs do not represent the group as a whole, and that the Central Committee in no way endorses any litigation, was included as evidence.

Christ Troupis, the lawyer representing the plaintiffs, said the motion for dismissal wasn't unexpected. "We are disappointed that Kirk Sullivan is the prime supporter of the state's attempt to prevent the majority members of the Idaho Republican Party from implementing the rule that they enacted," he said.

Troupis will file a response to the motion within the next two weeks.