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50-Plus Crowd Dominates Idaho Vote

Remember when voters were concerned that irresponsible youth would decide important matters at the ballot box after the voting age was lowered from 21 to 18 way back when? Well, young adults have little or no impact on the Idaho voting scene, particularly in North Idaho. Idaho AARP reports that statewide 65% of the votes in the 2010 elections were cast by voters 50 and older. Legislative Districts 2 (southern Bonner, Shoshone, Benewah, & Coeur d'Alene Indian Reservation) & 8 led the way for the Geritol group with 77% of the votes coming from those 50+. The rest of North Idaho wasn't far behind: District 1 (Boundary & northern Bonner), 74%; District 3 (northern Kootenai) 71%, District 4 (Coeur d'Alene), 68%; and District 5 (Post Falls area), 68%. Full story here.

Question: What do you make of the 50+ crowd dominating Idaho voting?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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