There is a special election on May 16th in Idaho.
We spent the morning snooping at websites for each county to find issues that Idahoans will be voting on next week.
These smaller special elections can be hotbeds for folks getting their foot in the door to create positive change in their communities. And, since we are in this dumpster fire mess with the Trump Administration, we can not stress enough the need to vote the daylights out of any election that comes your way.
Around the state ballot issues range from school board seats to highway districts, resort & cemetery taxes, and beyond.
Here are some of the highlights of sample ballots from around the state, this is not an exhaustive list.
On the Ada County sample ballot running for Greater Boise Auditorium District are: Scott Mecham, Kristin Muchow, Hy Kloc, and Judy Peavey-Derr. We will take a minute to remind you of a comment that Judy Peavey-Derr made while running for mayor back in 2015. During an interview, she said,
“I think that the south end of Boise is getting blighted by a lot of refugees and different dialects coming into the school.”
With Xenophobia running rampant in many places around the country, we can not afford to elect anti-refugee folks to positions of leadership anywhere in Idaho.
Bingham County has many items for the towns of Shelley, Blackfoot, Firth, Atomic City and the Snake River School District.
Idaho City’s Basin School District is looking at school board elections.
Canyon County is looking at new seats for trustees, school levies and more.
Cassia County has items for a library override levy, school trustee positions, a fire protection levy, highway districts and a cemetery tax levy.
Franklin County has a vote on trustees.
Gem County is voting on a school levy.
Gooding County, there is only one election and that’s in Hagerman for the School District.
Lewis County has several items listed on their sample ballots.
Teton County has the option for a renewal of the resort sales tax. It’s an important issue for the resort town of Driggs since so much of the town’s budget depends on this source of funds which is split between everyone who shops, eats, or visits. The county is also voting on new school board members.
Twin Falls County has some seats open for the school board and the highway district.
Valley County has annexation on their mind.
Like we said, this was not an exhaustive list. If your county was not listed, check here to see if your county is holding a special election, see sample ballots or find your polling place here –> http://www.idahovotes.gov/clerk.shtml