BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Three statewide debates for Idaho's congressional races have been eliminated because the Democratic candidates failed to turn in their required paperwork in on time.

The Idaho Statesman reports that Democrats Jerry Sturgill, James Piotrowski and Jennifer Martinez did not submit proof that they were running an active campaign to the Idaho Debates board by the Sept. 2 deadline.

Sturgill is running against U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo, Piotrowski is running against U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador and Martinez is running against U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson. Idaho Debates is made up of representatives from Idaho Public Television, the Idaho Press Club and the League of Women Voters of Idaho.

The organization typically hosts the only statewide debates in Idaho. Board member Melissa Davlin says the board voted Wednesday to eliminate the debates despite receiving late submissions from Sturgill and Piotrowski.

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