Just like the Idaho representatives and Ada County Commishes, the Ada Highway District has to tweak boundry lines for commishes following the 2010 census.
They have posted a couple of proposed change options at the ACHD SITE, but there will be little noticeable change since no incumbents will be affected.
Option A seems to come close to the suggested “balance” of population (proportional perfection) per district and Option B has more straight lines.
Regardless of how it ends up, the fact remains that 80% of voters are disenfranchised because we get to vote for only one (20%) of the five commishes–despite the fact most of their decisions affect 100% of the populace.
It is the only countywide highway district in the state and the “district representation” got lobbied through the legislature by Boise City when the district expanded from three to five commish seats…it was a political move to oust a liberal ACHD member. Idaho Code 40-1404 (a) is the applicable law.
We would like to see the statute changed to allow countywide voting, but there is little appetite among incumbents to campaign countywide when they can do it on the cheap in their own neighborhood, but still influence the entire county.
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