Voting

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With the election just 11 days away, many Idahoans are choosing to vote early or fill out an absentee ballot at home. 


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Concerns about voting privacy come around every election cycle, but for some, keeping their information confidential is a matter of personal safety.

 

Idaho native Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, professor, author, and historian addressed the City Club of Boise for  the 3rd Annual Marilyn Shuler Human Rights Forum.


Supreme Inequality is a revelatory examination of the conservative direction of the Supreme Court over the last fifty years.  Contrary to what Americans would like to believe, the Court does surprisingly little to protect the rights of the poor and disadvantaged. 


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Grassroots voter engagement organization What the Vote Idaho was started by friends Chris Stokes and Nancy Viano. They wanted to figure out how to get high school and college students to vote. They've registered 5,200 young people in advance of the November 3 election.

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In 1964, an assurance of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” was extended to Black America. 56 years have passed awaiting this to become a reality. Having allotted enough time for discussion,  it is time for palpable action. To be sure, housing, economics, jobs, education, and more play a significant role in the racism we see today. Today, millions of people are marching not because of those issues, but rather the issue of continued racist policing practices across the country.

 


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One of the effects of coronavirus is extreme uncertainty about the upcoming elections. Idaho will be conducting its May 19 primary entirely by mail, but what about getting people to vote? Especially young people, who will make up 40% of the voting population by November? 

There is much to fear in the dark corners of cyberspace. From well-covered stories like the Stuxnet attack which helped slow Iran’s nuclear program, to lesser-known tales like EternalBlue, the 2017 cyber battle that closed hospitals in Britain and froze shipping crates in Germany in midair, we have entered an age in which online threats carry real-world consequences.


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In 2017, only 20.3% of registered voters cast their ballot in Nampa’s mayoral election. This year, Conservation Voters for Idaho is providing bilingual information about the importance of voting in local elections.

 

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How do you inspire a younger generation to vote? One project wants to get more 18- to 25-year-olds to register and vote in upcoming elections. One way to reach potential young voters is to register students to vote in high school and college. Two "What The Vote!" organizers join Idaho Matters.

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Earlier this year, Republican lawmakers tried – and failed – to change Idaho’s Constitution to give their party the upper hand when it comes to the redistricting process. That amendment seems likely to come back next year. The GOP is also embracing a plan that would simply add more lawmakers to the state legislature. Gemma Gaudette goes in-depth with Boise State Public Radio’s James Dawson.

Canyon County Voters Resoundingly Reject Jail Bond

May 22, 2019
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Voters in Canyon County went to the polls Tuesday and overwhelmingly rejected a bond initiative that would’ve funded a new jail.

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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.


Enthusiasm High As Idaho Votes

Nov 6, 2018

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.

On The Monday, August 27, 2018 Edition Of Idaho Matters

Aug 24, 2018

  • Idaho parents are given the option to refuse children's vaccinations.
  • Voter demographics in Idaho are shifting ahead of the mid-term elections.
  • A Boise State University program addresses student addiction.

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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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