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Rep. Nielsen notes Prop 1 didn't fail statewide; but it did fail in 36 of 44 counties...

Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, asked Karen Echeverria, executive director of the Idaho School Boards Association, whether Proposition 1 actually passed “throughout the state.” Said Nielsen, “Throughout the state, was there districts or precincts or whatever you want to say that actually support Prop  1, so it wasn’t a state that said no throughout the whole state in every area, there was some support, was there not?”

The measure was rejected by 57.1 percent of voters statewide. Echeverria responded, “ISBA as a whole took a position in support of Prop 1. And then after the props went down, again we had this resolution come through our business session at our convention, it was voted on by all of the members, all of the school districts, and it was supported 3-1 by the school districts in our state.”

But statewide, the proposition was voted down in 36 of Idaho’s 44 counties, according to official election results compiled by the Idaho Secretary of State's office, and in the eight where it passed – Adams, Boise, Cassia, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison and Owyhee – the margin was extremely small. In Adams County, for example, there were 1,040 votes in favor of Prop 1, and 1,029 against it.




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