FINALLY! Something to write about on the Boise City Council election with Council Candidate Lucas Baumback claiming a conspiracy against conservative candidates through gerrymandering voting precincts.
“The poll closures are a bold attempt to disenfranchise thousands of voters by making it inconvenient to vote, due to poll overcrowding and extended travel distances,” said Baumbach in a press release issued Tuesday. Baumbach notes several precincts have been combined by the city clerk and said, “The City should make voting convenient for citizens, no matter where they live in the city.”
In his press release the candidate says the majority of the closed booths are in the
conservative-leaning (Brandi Swindell country) South Boise and West Boise areas. Citizens that want to vote will have to forgo their nearby voting booths and find booths in a nearby precinct.
Baumbach notes one especially notable closure, Precinct 92, which is located between Overland and the freeway and Eagle and Five Mile. According to recent elections this precinct is especially active at the booths and has around 900 registered voters. In 2005 it was the second highest vote-yielding precinct. The substitute voting booths would be 4.5 miles away.
Instead of seeing this consolidation as a conspiracy, perhaps Baumbach should see it as a benefit since the folks with the Cummins Rams and F-250s may be more inclined to drive to the polls than their liberal bicycling counterparts.
Baumbach opposes council president Maryanne Jordan.
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