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Idaho Secretary of State

The Candidates

Lawerence E. Denney

Party:
Republican
City:
Midvale, Idaho
Occupation:
State representative

Farmer and nine-term state representative. Denney served four years as majority leader and three terms as House speaker, before becoming the first Idaho House speaker ousted by his own caucus in 2013. As speaker, he sponsored Idaho’s Voter ID law, unilaterally killed bills, removed committee chairs who didn’t toe the line, and quashed long-sought financial disclosure legislation for lawmakers. After his removal as speaker, he chaired the House Resources Committee. A Vietnam veteran, Denney is a University of Idaho graduate.

Jill Humble

Party:
Democratic
City:
Boise, Idaho
Occupation:
Nursing instructor

Complete Coverage

Secretary of State candidates Lawerence Denney, Jill Humble differ on mail voting, automatic registration

Democrat Jill Humble is calling for election reforms in Idaho and challenging incumbent Republican Lawerence Denney’s re-election bid for secretary of state. Denney said he’s earned another four years based on his accomplishments, including technology upgrades.

Idaho panel: Implement fines for campaign finance violations

Idaho candidates who don’t file campaign disclosure reports on time should face steeper penalties and the state should take a more active role in enforcing those fines, a group of state lawmakers agreed on Monday.

Idaho election chief chooses election poll book provider

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney has announced a new vendor to manage the state’s election system and voter registration database.

Idaho election chief selects arguments for initiatives

The Idaho secretary of state has selected who will write arguments for and against two ballot initiatives for the state’s voter guide.

Eye on Boise: When political debates also include comic relief…

When six GOP candidates for Idaho’s open 1st District congressional seat faced off in the “Idaho Debates” last week, much of the fireworks – and the humor – came at the end, in the closing statements.

Idaho asked to investigate ‘newspaper’ mailed to voters

The Idaho Democratic Party has asked state officials to investigate a publication purporting to be a conservative newspaper recently mailed out statewide to voters.

Eye on Boise: Denney gets a do-over on his budget

Eight days after a stunned Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said lawmakers had “gutted” his budget, the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee did a re-do, and relented on providing $1.2 million in one-time funds next year for an elections system technological upgrade.

Campaign finance reform bill introduced, over two North Idaho reps’ objections

Over the objections of two North Idaho lawmakers, campaign finance reform legislation was introduced in the Idaho Legislature on Tuesday, requiring more frequent and more detailed reporting by candidates and political action committees, to be posted online in a single, searchable database.

Sun. column: Reporting system upgrade for Secty of State’s office, Idaho as ‘next Kansas,’ CBD oil trial…

My Sunday column this week looks at Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney’s request for a budget increase next year of more than 70 percent, with most of the increase coming in a major upgrade to the state’s election software system to allow more transparent…

Secretary of State seeks big budget boost, largely to upgrade software for campaign finance reporting

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney is asking for a budget increase next year of more than 70 percent, with most of the increase coming in a major upgrade to the state’s election software system to allow more transparent reporting of campaign finances, lobbyist records…

Developer buys building back from state for nearly $1M less than he was paid in 2013

An eastern Idaho real estate investor is almost $1 million richer, thanks to the state Land Board’s changing policies on real estate investments.

Idaho launches online voter registration

Idahoans can now register to vote online for the first time. Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday that the move will offer convenience to voters and cut down administrative work for county election officials…

Idaho officials delay possible increase in grazing fees

The state’s top elected officials have put off a possible increase in grazing fees on state lands due to potential litigation.

Idaho to reevaluate participating in voter ‘Crosscheck’ program

Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced Tuesday he’s reevaluating the state’s involvement in a longtime multistate voter registration database. Denney says that his office has received hundreds of emails from citizens raising concerns about Idaho’s involvement in the Interstate Voter Registration Crosscheck Program…