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Hayes: 15,000 Voted So Far

County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced that Friday, November 2, is the last day for in-person absentee voting at the Elections office, 1808 N. Third Street in Coeur d’Alene. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’ve received over 15,000 ballots so far, by mail and in-person. That’s about 20% of the County’s registered voters”, Hayes said. 604 people voted in-person on the busiest day during this election cycle/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release. More here.

Question: Are you among the 15,000 who have already voted?

County Backs Off Radical Precinct Cut

Item: From 71 to 70: Move is minimal amount needed to accommodate legislative redistricting/Alecia Warren, Coeur d'Alene Press

More Info: Recognizing that this year already poses election challenges, and that they can make more changes later on, Kootenai County commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday to only reduce voter precincts from 71 to 70. It's the minimal tweaking necessary to accommodate the recent legislative redistricting, the commissioners said, and respects public outcry that their original goal of dropping to 44 precincts might threaten representation. … On the 70-precinct map, which was considered on Tuesday beside proposals for 44 and 50 precincts, voters in the large precinct 38 will be split into precincts 37 and 42. The precinct with the highest number of voters will drop from 2,847 to 1,727. The lowest will also lower from 992 to 389.

Question: Who do you think was pushing the radical precinct reduction — Clerk Cliff Hayes or one of the county commissioners?

Hayes Wants Fewer Voting Precincts

County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced that he will be recommending precinct changes to the Board of County Commissioners next week. “We’re proposing 44 precincts, with each one containing between 799 and 2,397 registered voters”, Hayes said.  The County has been using 71 precincts for the last few years. The new Legislative District boundaries (L87) began the revised recommendation process.  “The Commissioners gave our staff some specific guidelines”, said Hayes.  “They wanted a voter’s potential drive time to the polling place to be no more than 30 minutes, and suggested about 40 overall precincts to save costs for taxpayers.  Elections staff wanted precincts aligned with newly revised school district trustee zones to ensure ballot integrity.  I’m pleased that the recommendations we’ll be making accommodate all these factors”/Kootenai County Clerk's press release. More here.

Question: Is this a good move?

Harrison Ballot Error Caught

Kootenai County Clerk Cliff Hayes announced today that County Elections’ personnel made an error on the City of Harrison’s ballot instructions. “The instruction should have said vote for three City Council candidates, but the instruction said vote for two,” Hayes said. “We apologize for our error, and thank Harrison’s City Clerk for bringing it to our attention.” Hayes noted that County Elections’ staff immediately ordered corrected ballots, and arranged for their printing & delivery in time for next Tuesday’s election. “Seven voters requested absentee ballots by mail; only three ballots have been returned to us. We are now in the process of contacting these three voters plus one voter who voted in-person absentee on an incorrect ballot”, Hayes said/Kootenai County Clerk's Office news release. More here.

Question: I'm pleased that County Clerk Cliff Hayes is willing to admit errors by his Election Department and correct them immediately. How about you?

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