We previously posted a dispute voiced by Boise City Council candidate Lucas Baumbach over what he claimed was a conspiracy to “disenfranchise” conservative voters through gerrymandering.
Today, he offers up a press release claiming vindication and posing half a dozen questions to the city clerk. The GUARDIAN will try to post substantive information on issues from all candidates.
“September 3rd, 2009, overnight Boise City changed its website,
revising the Notice of Precinct Selections. The combination of 92 and 81 is now replaced by a combination of three precincts 92, 93 and 96.
1) The City Clerk has already said this will cause overcrowding, with about 3,000 voters combined at one polling place.
“Regarding Precinct 92 combining with 81, it is at the suggestion of the Ada County Elections Office to give a better distribution of voters. Originally, we had it combined with Precinct 93 which also has precinct 96 combined with it. That would have almost 3,000 voters voting at precinct 93 which is really more than our election workers can handle at one location.”
2) Why are they determined to close conservative precincts, like 92, 95 and 96?
3) Why didn’t they send a notice out regarding the amended precinct selections? Candidates were not notified.
4) How often are they going to give a new notice of precinct selection? Each week?
5) How are candidates supposed to plan campaigns with the repeated changes? The changes favor the incumbents Maryanne Jordan and Vern Bisterfeldt.
6) By the City’s own admission the current recommended poll closure is wrong.
Lucas Baumbach takes this change in the website as validation of his criticism and as admission by Boise that their evaluation of Precinct closures has been wrong. Lucas calls on the City to spend a little more to open precincts in all locations, considering combinations in
only low voter turnout precincts, like 72, 40, 86, 88. If the City can spend money on building parking garages, and trolley feasibility studies, it can spend money on protecting the right to vote.
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