There was a slow, steady stream of people dropping by to cast their ballots when I went to vote in today’s city elections, no lines, no fuss. When the ballots were counted in Boise, Mayor Dave Bieter had won a second term, defeating former police chief Jim Tibbs 64 percent to 36 percent, and three city council incumbents also won re-election. Over in fast-growing Eagle, there were still no results in that city’s hotly contested mayor and council races well after midnight. Perhaps the most interesting election result of the night came from the city of Hailey, where four ballot measures regarding legalizing marijuana were up for a vote. The most far-reaching, seeking to have the city legalize, tax and regulate cannabis, went down to defeat. But three other measures passed, to legalize medical marijuana, back industrial hemp, and make personal use of marijuana the city’s “lowest law enforcement priority.”
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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