November 6, 2018: What to Know 

  • Bingo Barnes
  • It's been more than a year since Idahoans first started getting inundated with ads from wannabe candidates in the 2018 election—remember how early gubernatorial hopeful Tommy Ahlquist launched his ill-fated gubernatorial campaign? Finally, voters will have their say as polls opened in Idaho and across the nation this morning for one of the most hotly contested midterm elections in history.

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    • George Prentice
    As of Nov. 1, there were approximately 846,000 Idahoans registered to vote this year, but election officials remind citizens that they can register at the polls today (make sure to bring some kind of photo ID to complete the registration process). The Idaho Secretary of State's office said Monday that an estimated 150,000 residents had already voted early or turned in an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots can still be turned in to the county clerk's offices until 8 p.m. this evening. 

    Not sure where to vote? You can find your precinct by entering your address here. Hundreds of volunteers and staff will help manage today's voting process. In Ada County, the largest election operation in Idaho, Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane once likened Election Day to a wedding.

    "It feels and looks a lot like a wedding," McGrane told Boise Weekly in 2017. "In weddings, expectations are high. In elections, expectations are extremely high. Everyone demands perfection."
  • Amazon pleased a number of shoppers and ticked off more than a few Amazon Prime members on Monday when it announced that it would be offering free shipping, with no purchase minimum, during the holiday shopping season (which, believe it or not, has already begun). Amazon made more headlines on Monday when The New York Times reported that it will split its second headquarters between two locations: New York City and Arlington, Virginia.

  • The U.S. Olympic Committee is seizing control of USA Gymnastics, in the wake of the enormous sexual abuse scandal at the gymnastics organization.

  • The Manchester (U.K.) Evening News reports that Costa, the worldwide coffee chain
    second only to Starbucks in size, has instituted a new policy that cuts kids off from caffeine. It's not an outright ban, but the policy allows individual Costa stores to ID their customers and refuse service to anyone under the age of 16.

  • A group of four women is in a bit of hot water with the International Arts Center in Yekaterinburg, Russia. The four were taking a selfie alongside priceless pieces of art by Goya and Dali when a large art display suddenly collapsed. According to the Russian News Agency TASS, there was significant damage to the art and a full-scale investigation is underway.

  • Finally, if all of today's election news has you a bit nervous, here's Mike Myers to lighten things up a bit. Myers appeared on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night as Dr. Evil to announce he was running for Congress. Dr. Evil said he was originally hoping for Brett Kavanaugh's job, but "Trump said I was too even-tempered for that."
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