The Senate has voted 27-8 in favor of HB 372a, the election consolidation bill, and sent the bill to the governor’s desk. Backers said it’ll lead to more public participation in elections, though opponents raised concerns about costs and impacts on schools. The bill, backed by Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa, is among the most significant legislation to pass this year. If Gov. Butch Otter signs it into law, though it wouldn’t take effect right away, it would eventually mean major changes for Idahoans in how they participate in their government at all levels at the polls.
Betsy Z. Russell covers Idaho news from The Spokesman-Review's bureau in Boise.
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