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Mon., April 14, 2014, 9:23 a.m.

Edit: Again, Idaho Ranks Near Bottom

Garrison Keillor's Lake Wobegon was the place where "all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average." With Idaho's elections, it's the same thing. It's an article of faith that Idaho's system is impeccably fair, free of taint and features a robust electorate. Would you find it stunning to learn the Gem State's election process is lumped within the bottom tier? The Pew Charitable Trust pored over 17 indicators in 2012 and ranked Idaho's system of collecting and counting ballots 46th among the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Mississippi came in last. Idaho has slipped seven notches in four years and finds itself behind Nevada (fifth), Montana (11th), Washington (12th), Oregon (23rd), Utah (27th) and Wyoming (33rd)/Marty Trillhaase, Lewiston Tribune. More here.

Question: Hey, at least we're not 49th or 50th, right?


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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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