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OPEN PRIMARIES: Veterans group supports initiative

| February 9, 2024 1:00 AM

“This will remain the land of the free so long as it is the home of the brave.” — Elmer Davis

There is a cadence song I used to sing with my fellow female airmen as we marched along in perfect formation, “Momma, Momma, look at me, look what the Air Force has done to me. Took away my loving man, and now I sleep with Uncle Sam.” At the time I found it humorous, and kind of saucy. It certainly helped me to pass the endless hours of marching. I came to understand through my service that it rang very true. Soldiers of every service branch willingly and proudly dedicate every aspect of their lives to preserving our democracy and keeping Americans safe from adversaries.

Veterans dedicated themselves to being the vigilant, highly skilled, watchdogs over American freedom. I share the pride that other veterans feel for the privilege to lead a purposeful life and continue to be dedicated to our country.

Veterans for Idaho Voters (V4IV) is a cross-partisan and independent group of Idaho military veterans who advocate for fair elections, citizen initiatives, civil politics and sensible policies. These dedicated leaders’ sole mission is to preserve the right to vote for all Idahoans. V4IV is a proud coalition member of Idahoans for Open Primaries. Idaho’s closed primary system blocks 270,000 independent voters from voting in the most important elections. Veterans who shed blood, endured incredible loss, and dedicated their lives to our country, are determined to protect every Idahoan’s right to vote. Sign the petition today and support the initiative to give power back to Idaho voters.

CHRISTIE WOOD 

Coeur d’Alene

Member — V4IV