Election Day

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Slow Morning Turnout in Boise

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 2:05 PM

Starr Thomsen, Holly Lockett and Eileen Wilson of Star and Molly Coonrod of Boise man the polling place at the First Congregational Chuch on Woolawn Ave.
  • Starr Thomsen, Holly Lockett and Eileen Wilson of Star and Molly Coonrod of Boise man the polling place at the First Congregational Chuch on Woolawn Ave.

When citydesk walked into the polling place for Precinct 36, the four women pictures above put down their books and prepared to take my vote. Then I took their picture. Fewer than 100 voters had voted here today, as of 1 p.m. Low turnout is being reported in other precincts as well.

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Election Day: Vote First, Party Later

Posted By on Tue, Nov 3, 2009 at 10:37 AM

Polls are open today in Boise and across the Valley for city elections. In Boise, polls remain open until 8 p.m.

Find your polling place here.

After the polls close, you have at least two options for parties.

David Litster, Dan Dunham and Lucas Baumbach will host a gathering at the Quiet Bar Lounge at the Double Tree Riverside, 2900 Chinden Boulevard. Other candidates may attend, according to the press release for the shindig.

TJ Thomson will watch returns at Bittercreek Ale House, 246 N. 8th Street. Both parties are open to the public and the press.

citydesk is messing around with his GIS and will either hit the town as a roving reporter or stay chained to his computer messing with data. Do not look in tomorrow's paper for our usual in-depth post-election analysis: BW goes to press too early this week to report on the returns. But we'll let you know what we know both on this blog and in the Nov. 11 paper.

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tools for your election watching pleasure

Posted By on Tue, Nov 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

We just took a drive around the Web to see what folks is saying ... It's 12:37 in the Mountain States, polls in parts of Indiana and Kentucky are closing in just two hours time.
  • Long waits, heavy turnout, blah, blah [NYT, BW BeatVOA, Chad].
  • Chris Cizziillzziillaa at the Washington Post's The Fix blog has a wonkish list of congressional districts to watch tonight, ordered by approximate time. Politico's Arena has politicos waxing on their day so far and a pretty cool swing state map.
  • RealClearPolitics aggregates election stories and keeps track of polling
  • The TV, anyone watching the TV right now? Please comment below ... (BW made sure there is a TV at The Modern Hotel & Bar, where we will be watching returns tonight.)
Huffington Post has a nice collection of widgets from the major networks: CNN, MSNBC, CBS, the Google and the betting houses. Presumably they will update themselves as the polls close from East to West. Check back tonight.

And from the Onion:

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Monday, November 3, 2008

BW Pregnant Chad Watch Party

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 1:58 PM

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The citydesk voter informational

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 11:08 AM

Google has another nice tool to find your polling place. Remember that in Idaho you can register to vote at the polling places on Election Day, just bring photo ID and something official with your address on it, like a bill.

Full voter information is available for Idaho at idahovotes.gov including a polling place finder and a search to find out if you are registered yet. And if you still don't know who to vote for, there's always the BW Hip Hop Voter Guide.

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Idaho felons get civil rights back

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 10:08 AM

Idaho is one of 18 states that allow felons to vote after they have completed their sentence, including probation and parole. That includes felons from other states who have completed their sentences and relocated to Idaho.

According to this recently updated chart at procon.org there are a dozen states that deny convicted criminals their right to vote for life, even after completing their sentence. Arizona, and Nevada are on this list, as is Florida.

There are some 20 states (and the District of Columbia) that are less restrictive than Idaho, letting probationers vote, or as in Maine and Vermont, allowing prisoners to vote from prison.

Idaho Code Title 18, Chapter 3 governs the civil rights of felons. The Sentencing Project follows felon disenfranchisement news across the nation and estimates the 5.3 million American cannot vote because of felony convictions.

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citydesk's Legislative map

Posted By on Mon, Nov 3, 2008 at 9:21 AM

Here's another map for you, produced by us here at citydesk, with a little help from the Google people: 

You can use this map just like any other Google Map—zoom in and out, fly over, change the background to a street map, etc. If you don't know which district you are in, fly to your address and find out. Click on a colored legislative district to find out who your current lawmakers are... and Tuesday night, click again to find out who they will become.

We are autodiadactitating this over at BW, so if anyone has suggestions for tighter maps, please chime in...

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

Twitter away on Election Day

Posted By on Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 9:23 PM

citydesk will be live all day on Tuesday, following the elections from a local, national and global perspective. We will have a bunch of good tools for you to use soon, but here's one we were just reading about and will definitely check out on Election Day.

Twitter Vote Report will be using the online service Twitter to get information on voting in every state. Voters can easily send messages to the service indicating long lines, anti-democratic practices or other problems at the polls (or, they can send in messages about how smoothly and pleasantly voting is going in their Zip code). It will all be updated real time, as in the map below from Idaho (where there is only one report so far, apparently... they are taking tweets on early voting too, folks).

Check back on Tuesday... we'll update the map for you. And read their site for info on how to use it... If you can't figure it out, post a comment here and we'll pass it on for you. Hey, BW Twitters too...

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