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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Meet Idaho's New 'Chief of Schools'

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Welcome to the Sherri Ybarra era.

Fresh from her surprise win to become Idaho's new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ybarra is having a bit of trouble acknowledging exactly what position she has just claimed.

"I want to give a huge thank you to all of my supporters in Idaho for the most humbling experience of my career and life," wrote Ybarra in a prepared statement issued Wednesday morning. "I am honored and proud because they have entrusted me with the position of Chief of Schools and I will do everything I can to defend that trust."

Yes, you read that correctly. Ybarra called herself "Chief of Schools," and went to the trouble of capitalizing that out-of-the-blue title to make sure that we know how to address her from now on.

Ybarra defeated Democratic challenger Jana Jones by approximately 6,000 votes. For the record, the following counties preferred Ybarra over Jones in Tuesday's general election:

Adams (64.5 percent), Bear Lake (75.4 percent), Benewah (65 percent), Bingham (50.9 percent), Boise (61.5 percent), Bonner (60.6 percent), Boundary (67.7 percent), Butte (57.7 percent), Camas (60.2 percent), Canyon (55.9 percent), Caribou (66.4 percent), Cassia (57.2 percent), Clark (56.9 percent), Clearwater (58.9 percent), Custer (61.3 percent), Elmore (61.5 percent), Franklin (75 percent), Fremont (61.4 percent), Gem (65.4 percent), Gooding (53.4 percent), Idaho (69.5 percent), Jefferson (61.1 percent), Jerome (54.8 percent), Kootenai (62.5 percent), Lemhi (66  percent), Lewis (57.9 percent), Lincoln (50.8 percent), Madison (59.9 percent), Minidoka (55.2 percent), Oneida (71.7 percent), Owyhee (70.4 percent), Payette (62.8 percent), Twin Falls (50.6 percent), Valley (50.2) and Washington (63 percent).
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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ada County Voters Turning Out in Record Numbers to Vote Early in Midterm Election

Posted By on Sat, Oct 25, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Voters across Ada County are turning out to the Ada County Elections Office in record numbers to vote early in this year's midterm election.

As of Oct. 24, approximately 4,000 people had cast early ballots. That's 200 more than had voted by this time in the 2010 midterm election, when, in the first 10 days of early voting, 3,800 people had cast their ballots. By the end of early voting in 2010, 7,705 people had cast ballots ahead of election day.

"It's been the highest it's ever been for a midterm election. It's been pretty steady. We expect over the next week it'll amp up," Chief Deputy to the Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane told Boise Weekly on Saturday morning. 

This is the first midterm election in which the Ada County Elections Office has been open on a Saturday. The practice of allowing the public to vote in the office on weekends began in the 2012 presidential election. There are a number of high-stakes elections this year, including those for the Ada County Highway District Board of Commissioners, Idaho treasurer and superintendent of public education. But McGrane pointed out that the surge may not reflect final voter turnout.

"It's a reflection of people shifting in how they're voting," he said.

Residents of Ada County will be able to vote early today between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ada County Elections Office, located at 400 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise. The early voting process will continue through Friday, Oct. 31.
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Elections Officials Investigating Possible Fraud in North Idaho

Posted By on Wed, May 23, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Election officials in north Idaho are investigating an incident of possible voter fraud.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that "no mistakes were egregious enough to affect the winners of each race," but polling station errors were discovered in Kootenai County's primary election results. Five precincts indicated discrepancies between the number of poll workers' ballot stubs and totals by optical scan equipment.

According to the Press, "one incident of voter fraud appears to have occurred at Precinct 39 [in Kootenai County], where a poll worker accidentally allowed a voter to vote a second time on election day, after already casting an absentee ballot."

The incident is being "looked into," according to election officials, and the voter's name "may be referred to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office for legal action."

Other errors included:

-Voters issued ballots in spite of missing information on their registration cards.
-A ballot from a precinct committeeman was discovered in a supply box, six days after the election
-Poll workers not following instructions they had received in training.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Primary 2012: Write-In Ballots From Seven Precincts Not Counted in Ada County

The discovery was made by an election official while comparing the reported ovals read by vote-counting equipment to actual write-in votes counted.

Posted By on Fri, May 18, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Officials at the Ada County Board of Elections have discovered an error in Tuesday's Primary Election results.

According to a statement from Phil McGrane, chief deputy in the Ada County Clerk's Office, the discovery was made by an election official while comparing the reported ovals read by vote-counting equipment to actual write-in votes counted. A subsequent review of audit logs, generated by the equipment, revealed that 34 ballots sent to be manually read by the write-in board were not re-read by the machines to tabulate the remaining results on those ballots. According to the statement, "it appears that as many as seven precincts may be included" in the group of ballots that were not counted.

The official re-counting and certification of ballots will begin Monday, May 21, at 11 a.m. at Ada County Election Headquarters. Representatives from each political party have been notified of the error and the certification process.

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Coin Flip Resolves Payette Election

Posted By on Sat, Nov 19, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Elections are tense enough: soliciting camaign donations, knocking on doors, debating and waiting for the results on Election Night. But in Payette, two candidates for city council had to endure one more test this past week: the flip of a coin.

When the dust had settled on Nov. 8, Kathy Dodson and Jeff Sands were tied with 376 votes apiece. Instead of holding a run-off election, Payette Officials decided to flip a coin. As the coin flew through the air, Dodson called heads. The coin landed on tails, giving Sands the victory.

There may be a third act to the election. Dodson indicated that she would request a recount through the Idaho Attorney General's office.

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Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Washington Voters Approve Private Liquor Sales

Posted By on Wed, Nov 9, 2011 at 10:12 AM

In what was the most expensive political race in the Pacific Northwest, Washington voters have kicked their state out of the liquor business. A $22.7 million campaign, fed in large part by the Costco Wholesale company, resulted in 60 percent of voters favoring Initiative 1183, which will now allow private retailers to sell spirits in Washington.

Beginning next June, Washington liquor sales shift away from state-run stores, resulting in an elimination of 900 state jobs. However, Washington budget officials estimated that the number of liquor retailers will jump from 328 to 1,428, generating approximately $80 million in annual revenue for the state and local government.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

LIVE: Election Coverage

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 8:32 PM

UPDATE: Nov. 9, 1 a.m.
When all the votes had been counted at Ada County Board of Elections, it was determined that only 17,359 voters had gone to the polls in the City of Boise Tuesday. More than 108,000 were registered.

The big winners in Boise: Mayor Dave Bieter who sailed to a third term over David Hall by a 3-to-1 margin, Council Member David Eberle who won big over David "Pappy" Honey, and Council Members Elaine Clegg and Lauren McLean who ran unopposed. Joining their ranks will be Ben Quintana, who won council Seat 2 convincingly over challengers Michael Cunningham and L.W. Johnson.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night came in Eagle, where incumbent Mayor Jim Reynolds swamped Norm Semanko, state Republican Party chairman, 78 percent to 22 percent. Mark Butler and Mary Defayette were elected to Eagle's City Council.

In Meridian, incumbent Mayor Tammy de Weerd easily won re-election with more than 51 percent of the vote. Challengers Gerry Sweet won 27 percent of the vote and Jason Monks nabbed 20 percent. Two others fell far behind. David Zaremba and Charles Rountree won seats on the Meridian City Council.

In Kuna, incumbent Mayor Scott Dowdy was defeated by Greg Nelson.

In Ketchum, voters decided not to pursue a city manager form of government, and in Hailey, voters rejected an initiative that would have banned plastic grocery bags at local retailers.

—George Prentice

UPDATE: 10:26 p.m.
Current City Council member T.J. Thomson talks bike laws and routes with Boise Weekly.

UPDATE: 10:19 p.m.
Bieter says the "fight begins tonight" regarding his public transit agenda. (Pictured below, Bieter talking with Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Bill Connors.)


UPDATE: 10:15 p.m.
Rep. Brian Cronin talks to Boise Weekly about the City Council's chances for a local option tax.

UPDATE: 10:01 p.m.
In Eagle, incumbent Reynolds still holds a lead over Semanko with 76 percent. In Meridian De Weerd still has a big lead with 55 percent. Sweet follows with 27 percent and Monks at 16 percent. In Boise, Mayor Bieter arrives at the Basque Center and says, "Sorry I'm late. Babysitter was a no-show." pic.twitter.com/dugHcC5B

UPDATE: 9:56 p.m.
Nearly 46 percent of Ada County votes counted now. In the race for mayor Bieter has 75 percent and Hall has 25 percent. In City Council seat 2, Quintana is at 56 percent, Cunningham at 30 percent, Johnson at 14 percent. In City Council seat 3, Eberle is at 78 percent and Honey at 22 percent.

UPDATE: 9:53 p.m.
In Boise City Coucil seat 2 race, Ben Quintana leads with 56 percent, Michael Cunningham has 30 percent and Lawrence Johnson is at 14 percent. About 22 percent of the vote is counted in Ada County.

UPDATE: 9:51 p.m.
Ketchum voters say "no" to city manager position over mayorship. Read more about that vote here.

UPDATE: 9:46 p.m.
Half the vote counted in Canyon County. Leaders in Caldwell Council races: Jim Blacker in Caldwell City Council seat 5, David Clark is ahead in seat 6, and Shannon Ozuna is leading by only 10 votes in the seat 4 race against Erik Constantine Makrush.

UPDATE: 9:43 p.m.
In Hailey tonight, it's a tight vote on banning single-use plastic shopping bags with a return of 51 percent for the ban to 49 percent against.


UPDATE: 9:38 p.m.
Read more about the candidates for Boise mayor and four City Council seats here. More on the five-way race for mayor in Meridian here. And more on the race for Eagle's next mayor here.

UPDATE: 9:30 p.m.
Numbers beyond Boise are also starting to roll in. Very few votes have been tallied in Eagle so far, but in the mayor's race Jim Reynolds has 75 percent of the vote over Norm Semanko. In the Meridian mayor's race, Tammy de Weerd has 61 percent, Gerry Sweet has 25 percent, Jason Monks has 12 percent, Lisa Paternoster clocks in at 1 percent and Randy Pew has less than 1 percent.

UPDATE: 9:28 p.m.
With 15 percent of votes in, the City Council race for seat 3, incumbent David Eberle is leading with 79 percent of the vote and challenger David "Pappy" Honey has 21 percent.

UPDATE: 9:24 p.m.
Numbers are starting to roll in. So far, 15 percent of votes have been tallied. In the mayor's race, incumbent Dave Bieter has 75 percent with 25 percent of the vote going to challenger David Hall.

UPDATE: 9:22 p.m.
City Council candidate Ben Quintana tells Boise Weekly whether social media had an effect on the election.

UPDATE: 9:18 p.m.
Much younger crowd @benquintana party @bardenay #BoiseVotes pic.twitter.com/Db70UsxW

UPDATE: 9:03 p.m.
David Eberle rallies the troops. #BoiseVotes http://t.co/v1P8W6wo

UPDATE: 8:48 p.m.
@benquintana arrives at his party central @Bardenay, across street from Bieter shindig pic.twitter.com/Ooqh4mAR

As election results in Boise City elections roll in, Boise Weekly's team of reporters will be filing video updates via Twitter throughout the night. Follow all our live election coverage on Twitter by following @boiseweekly or visit twitter.com/boiseweekly.

We'll also re-post those reports at our Facebook page, facebook.com/boiseweekly, and at this post, which will be updated throughout the night.

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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Election Results: Peavey-Derr, Kloc Win GBAD Election, Meridian Levy Fails

Posted By on Wed, May 18, 2011 at 5:15 AM

In an election that saw more than 9,000 voters participate (more than four times the 21-year average), former Ada County Commissioner Judy Peavey-Derr and Hy Kloc have won seats to the Greater Boise Auditorium District. In unofficial results, not completely tabulated until after 2 a.m. this morning, Peavey-Derr secured 3,184 votes, and Kloc came in second with 2,771. Following the winners were David Wali with 2,328, Michael Sullivan with 2,246, Steve Schmader with 2,156, and the lone incumbent Stephenson Youngerman trailed the pack with 1,992.

Peavey-Derr said throughout the campaign that she was reluctant to quickly resume funding to the Boise Convention and Visitors Bureau, which saw its financial support cut off by the GBAD board in a deeply divided vote last summer. Kloc, who was endorsed by Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, said he would prefer that the funding resume sooner than later.

Voters in Nampa rejected the idea of forming their own auditorium district with 1,464 voting no to 1,072 yes votes. But voters in Idaho Falls overwhelmingly supported the creation of a new auditorium district, 4,788 to 2,774.

More than 16,000 voters went to the polls in Meridian on Tuesday with more than 9,000 rejecting a two-year, $18.5 million-a-year school levy. A $1.5 million supplemental levy was rejected in Kuna. School levies were also turned down in Fruitland, Mountain Home and Payette.

Supplemental school levies passed in Emmett, Melba, Parma and Wilder.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Idaho's Open Primary Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

"The Court finds that Plaintiffs have met their burden."

With that, U.S. District Judge B.Lynn Winmill handed down a decision today declaring Idaho's open primary system unconstitutional.

In the case of Republican Party versus Ben Ysursa (Idaho's Attorney General representing the status quo), the GOP had argued that its primaries had been impacted by what they called "raiding" by opposing parties. Winmill wrote in his decision that he found "clear evidence of crossover voting." Winmill cited several pieces of evidence, which concluded that when Republicans and Independents are lumped together "there is more than likely a 20 to 30 percent crossover."

Read Winmill's decision.

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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Re-Count Officially Ordered for District 18 House A

Posted By on Thu, Nov 11, 2010 at 11:45 AM

It's official: Not the count, but the re-count effort. Ada County Election officials told Citydesk that the Idaho Attorney General's Office has officially ordered that the razor-thin margin for the District 18 House A election will trigger a re-canvass of votes.

Unofficial votes showed Republican Julie Ellsworth winning by nine votes over Democrat Janie Ward-Engelking. The unofficial tally: 6,429-6,420.

State law mandates a recount when the margin is less than one-tenth of 1 percent of total votes cast. The initial canvass will not be certified until Wednesday, Nov. 17, and a re-count cannot begin until that happens.

The two were running for the seat vacated by Democrat Rep. Branden Durst, who lost a race for District 18 Senate, won by Republican Mitch Toryanksi.

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