Saturday, May 11, 2013

Ada County Early Voting Offers Saturday Hours Today

Posted By on Sat, May 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

With only about 100 early voters showing up at the Ada County Board of Elections this past week, officials are hoping that Saturday's extra early voting opportunity will encourage more participation—particularly in the Greater Boise Auditorium District election. The district includes nearly 123,000 registered voters.

"It's bigger than the city of Boise but smaller than [Ada] county," said Ray Stark, Boise Metro Chamber vice president, describing the GBAD district that extends north to the Foothills, east to Barber Park, south to the Boise Airport and west to Eagle Road.

There are eight candidates vying for three open seats on the board for the auditorium district, which is a unique taxing entity (collecting a 5 percent hotel room levy) and manages the Boise Centre. More importantly, the GBAD board is expected to soon decide what to do with its current cash reserves ($13 million) and its ability to borrow (some guess as high as $25 million-$30 million) in order to expand the Boise Centre. The board is also mulling whether it wants to partner on construction of a multi-use stadium or help the Idaho Shakespeare Festival build a downtown Boise performing arts facility.

"Our mission is the still the best kept secret in Boise," GBAD board chairman Hy Kloc told Boise Weekly.

Early voting will take place today from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ada County Elections Office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane.
Early voting will also continue next week, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Traditional voting will take place Tuesday, May 21.

In Ada County, elections are also being held for seats on the Meridian, Kuna and Melba School districts' boards of trustees and the Eagle and West Boise sewer districts.

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