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Idaho polls close at 8 p.m….

I spotted this jack-o-lantern with a timely message - VOTE - on Harrison Boulevard today. There’s still more than an hour to vote in southern Idaho (the Mountain time zone), and more than two hours in North Idaho, which is on Pacific time. Polls close…


Long night of ballot-counting ahead…

Problems in Kootenai County - the state’s third-most-populous county - could delay election results tonight. In the primary election in May, Kootenai County had virtually no results until after midnight. This time, the county’s chief deputy clerk, Pat Raffee, sent out a news release in…


Idaho voters head to polls, have their say

In this AP photo by Idaho Statesman photographer Katherine Jones, Larry Breach puts on an “I Voted” sticker on his shirt after voting at the West Emmett precinct at the Gem County Fairgrounds. Breach said he votes in nearly every election. “I’ve missed one since…


Today’s the day: Time to vote

Today is the day – time for everyone to go vote! At my polling place in North Boise this morning, poll workers reported a steady stream of voters, running well ahead of turnout in the last mid-term election four years ago, though not approaching the…


Polls open Tues. from 8 to 8; link to coverage, voter resources…

Looking for info on the candidates and issues ahead of tomorrow’s general election? Here are links to stories I’ve done this fall on the major statewide races: The governor’s race here; the race for state superintendent of schools here; the Idaho Secretary of State race…


Ybarra to announce campaign catchphrase winner on Election Day morning

Sherri Ybarra, the GOP candidate for state superintendent of schools, announced on Oct. 9 she was launching a campaign catchphrase contest, in search of a slogan that would fit on magnets, stickers or bumper stickers. Now, Idaho Education News has an update on the contest:…


High school students in mock election divided on gov’s race, narrowly back Otter over Balukoff

Idaho high school government students participating in the Idaho Mock Student Election were deeply divided in the race for governor, but they gave the edge to GOP Gov. Butch Otter, with 679 votes to Democrat A.J. Balukoff’s 617 votes. Libertarian John Bujak trailed with 131…


Simpson, Stallings clash in final round of the ‘Idaho Debates’

The final round of the “Idaho Debates” last night featured 2nd District GOP Congressman Mike Simpson debating Democratic challenger Richard Stallings, a former 2nd District congressman. The two clashed repeatedly on everything from wilderness to immigration reform to taxes. Stallings said, “This is the worst…


Low voter turnout expected in Washington, Idaho, despite high stakes

Control of the U.S. Senate may be the chief concern of national political experts Tuesday, but Washington voters won’t play any part in that decision. Because of that, many may skip voting entirely. State voters will decide issues closer to home on guns and schools, which party controls the state Senate, who runs the counties or occupies the court benches. Spokane voters will also decide whether to spend more tax money on streets and parks.


Eye on Boise: Decline in voting has Idaho secretary of state ‘troubled’

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is predicting a 58 percent turnout in Tuesday’s general election – that’s 58 percent of registered voters, and is equal to roughly 39 to 40 percent of Idaho’s voting-age population. “It’s not something to write home about,” he said. “I am disturbed, troubled and concerned about the decline in voter participation.”





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