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Historic night of democracy: vigil for George Floyd & Idaho's first vote-by-mail election

Heath Druzin
Boise State Public Radio
A crowd gathered on the Capitol steps on Tuesday, June 2 for a vigil remembering the life of George Floyd, a Black man killed by Minneapolis police. Inside the statehouse, election officials administered the first vote-by-mail primary.

Last night, thousands of Idahoans came together on the Capitol steps in Boise to mourn the lives of Black people killed at the hands of police. And while crowds were gathered outside the statehouse exercising their right to assemble, election officials were inside the building administering the first vote-by-mail election in Idaho. 

The vigil was peaceful and somber at times, with emotional moments as organizers from Black Lives Matters in Boise stood on the Capitol steps. Crowds filled the streets surrounding the Capitol building, most wearing black to commemorate George Floyd, the unarmed Black man who died in police custody last week. Boise State Public Radio reporter Heath Druzin was there and tells us more about this remarkable gathering of at least 4,000 people.

 And Jeff Lyons with the School of Public Service at Boise State University gives his take on the results of the historic all-mail primary. Former Democratic state represenative Paulette Jordan will face off against Sen. Jim Risch (R) in November. Rep. Brian Zollinger (R) has lost his statehouse seat. Idaho congressman Russ Fulcher won a contested Republican primary. These and many other races were decided last night after a long, strange primary election. 

 Jeff Lyons is an assistant professor at the school of Public Service at Boise State University and he breaks down what the results mean.

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