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For the week of May 31 through June 6, 2000

Pity Idaho voters


Pity Idaho voters.

In one month alone, voters in Blaine County had to rally for three different elections in three different places in three weeks.

Why? Only the Legislature knows for sure.

Locked inside the dusty volumes of Idaho Code books are piles of election laws. They’re scattered throughout a number of volumes, on different pages for different matters. There are different rules for school elections, fire district elections, recreation district elections, Supreme Court elections and general elections.

The different laws for different elections are a giant headache for everyone involved—candidates, clerks and voters alike. Voters are expected to know, for example, that final elections for Supreme Court justices occur at the same time and on the same ballot as party primaries. They are expected to track down correct polling places with barely legible maps.

They are expected to care.

Is it any wonder voter participation levels keep falling?

Voters deserve better than being wearied, confused and discouraged by the election process. It’s time for the Legislature to overhaul those antiquated laws and give real democracy a chance.

 

 

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