Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Legislative News

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Election Consolidation?

Boise—In an effort to get more Idahoans to vote, a legislative committee approved a bill designed to consolidate Idaho’s elections—at a cost of $3.1 million annually.

Lawmakers say scheduling all of the states elections in March and November would get more Idahoans out to vote. The bill also allows people to vote on multiple local issues from a single location.

Last year 30 percent of registered Idahoans voted in the primary, while 78 percent voted in the general election. According to the Secretary of state's office, voting for city and tax district elections is typically below 20 percent.

"The goal should be 100 percent but it needs to be more than the 5 to 10 percent we're getting in local elections," Secretary of State Ben Ysursa said.

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