Voting

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Monday morning, Ada County kicks off a recount of ballots cast in the November election. A community college levy and a state legislative race are on the docket.

This encore program was originally broadcast in November, 2016.

In this election season, we’re discussing the history of voting rights with Michael Waldman. He is the president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU’s School of Law, and the author of a new book, titled The Fight To Vote.


People across Idaho are casting ballots today for a new governor, two big propositions and a host of local races. Reporters Matt Guilhem and Roam Yocham went to polling places in Ada County and spoke to voters Tuesday morning and into the afternoon.

Idaho Sticks With Paper Ballots On Election Day

Nov 6, 2018
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On November 6, residents from across the country are going to the polls. In recent decades, voters have seen a variety of changes at the polling place—from punch cards to mechanical buttons to computer touchscreens, just to name a few. But still, the trusty pen-on-paper remains in Idaho.

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Recent data from the Idaho Secretary of State's office indicates that voting rates in many Idaho counties are below the national average and that rural voters cast ballots at a higher rate than urban Idahoans. Idaho Matters looks at changing voter trends in the Gem State with political analyst Justin Vaughn.

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Voters across Idaho are casting ballots today in federal, state and local races.

Early Voting

Apr 30, 2018
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Early voting for Idaho's 2018 primary elections begins Monday and Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane joins Idaho Matters to tell Idaho voters everything about registration, early voting options and polling locations.

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An Idaho House panel has introduced legislation to end the state's involvement in a longtime multistate voter registration database.

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About 16,000 Ada County voters will see their precinct change in 2018. The changes come after the Treasure Valley’s growth continues to balloon.

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Idahoans can now register to vote online for the first time.

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Idaho Democrats are demanding the state cut ties to a program intended to stamp out voter fraud.

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The Boise School District says it needs renovations to its schools and is asking voters to approve a $172 million bond to pay for it all. In Meridian, voters will consider a new bond for the West Ada School District worth $160 million over 10 years. And the Kuna school district has both a bond and supplemental levy on the ballot for the March 14 election.

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Election officials said they faced delays tallying the votes in Idaho's second most populated county because of illegible ballots and technical trouble with a voting machine.

The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the final votes for Canyon County weren't counted until Wednesday morning. Election day polls closed at 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

Tim Hurst, chief deputy at the Secretary of State's office, says Franklin, Bonner and Nez Perce counties also faced troubles counting ballots.

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Secretary of State Lawerence Denney will be working the polls in northern Idaho during Tuesday's election.

Nez Perce County Clerk Patty Weeks said Monday that she first invited Denney to work the May primary election, but the secretary had another commitment. So the two rescheduled for him to work the general election.

This will be the first election Denney — a former House Speaker in the Idaho Legislature — has spent as a poll worker since taking over the office in 2014.

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