Vote Away, No waiting!
Primary season is here, but where are the voters? OK, so maybe you're underwhelmed by the primary races themselves. Maybe you're a Democrat and don't care. The most exciting race around is a six-way heat for the Republican Party nomination to take on Democrat Larry Grant for Congress. Or you could tune in to the mud-slinging in the race to become Idaho's next Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Either way, the stats tell us you're bored. Early voting for Ada County residents began May 2, and in the first week, only 150 voters bothered to show up and vote at the county's public safety headquarters. It's out by a mall, for crying out loud! As of Tuesday afternoon, Chris Rich at the Ada County elections office reported that only 374 people had bothered to vote early, something they can do all day through Monday, May 22. "It's pretty quiet," Rich said. Turnout for primaries in Idaho tends to be pretty sorry anyhow; historically, only 30 percent or so of Idaho's registered voters bother with the primaries.
The voting on May 23 will be easier; Rich said the county will have 125 polling locations.