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Ybarra has skipped 15 of the last 17 state elections, including every general election since she moved to Idaho

Sherri Ybarra, the Republican candidate for state superintendent of schools, has skipped at least 15 of the last 17 state elections, Idaho Education News reports, and hasn’t voted in a November general election since she moved to Mountain Home in 1996. “We have all missed an election or two in our lifetime, and I am not exempt from that,” Ybarra said during a Sept. 26 City Club of Boise candidate forum, responding to questions about why she didn’t vote in the 2012 general election, when the controversial “Students Come First” school reform laws championed by current Superintendent Tom Luna were on the ballot; voters repealed the laws.

But when Idaho EdNews checked further, it found that Ybarra registered to vote on June 16, 2010, but did not vote in that year’s general election, nor in any other general election in Idaho since 1996. Elmore County records did show she voted in GOP primary elections in May 2012 and May 2014, in a city election in 2011 and in a Mountain Home School District levy election earlier this year.

Jana Jones, the Democratic candidate for superintendent, has voted in every general election since 2002, when Bonneville County officials first started tracking voting histories, EdNews reporter Clark Corbin found. Jones also voted in state primary elections in 2006, 2010 and 2014; you can read Corbin's full report here.

Betsy Z. Russell
Betsy Z. Russell joined The Spokesman-Review in 1991. She currently is a reporter in the Boise Bureau covering Idaho state government and politics, and other news from Idaho's state capital.

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