Boise has a new ordinance giving preference to local vendors, but apparently that doesn’t apply to polling places. According to the latest information on the city website, they are sending people out of town to vote–but only in two southwest Boise precincts.
If that sounds peculiar, take a look at the City Limits map and note the red dot which is south of Victory Road between Cole and Maple Grove Roads. That is the Boise School District “Service Center” which–according to city website maps– is OUTSIDE THE BOISE CITY LIMITS! It is also the designated polling place for the newly combined precincts 94 and 95 which are both north of Victory in the city. The polling place for the precincts is not even within the precincts. The easy fix is to admit defeat and designate Maple Grove School as the polling place since it is almost dead center in the two precincts.
This City Council election is taking on comical aspects which no doubt are causing major headaches for both the city clerk and the Ada County Elections office which is running the city election on a contract basis.
First, the clerk combined precincts 92 and 81 and came under fire from council candidate Lucas Baumbach who claimed the consolidation was a conspiracy against conservative voters. Thursday they amended that decision with a combination of three precincts– 92, 93 and 96, prompting another round of questions from Baumbach. (see previous post below)
That’s when a “concerned reader” brought it to our attention that voters in precincts 94 and 95 were being directed “OUT OF TOWN” to vote at the Schools Hq. All this demonstrates the ability of Boise politicos to annex areas into the city with no vote of those annexed, but does little to demonstrate they are able to cope with that sticky little right to vote once they are citizens of the City of Trees.
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