With a really small voter turnout predicted this year–no state, federal or mayor race in Boise–your vote counts more than ever.
Why? If voter turnout is as low as some predict–in the range of 15% to 20% of eligible voters–and with multiple candidates in some races, a candidate could conceivably win with as few as 5% or 6% of registered voters. When that happened last time, an ordinance was passed that a candidate had to win at least 50% of the votes CAST.
As soon as the incumbents took office, they repealed that law, making it easier to get reelected and precluding a runoff election for those who fail to garner 50%.
The legacy media including the Daily Paper, TV and radio have all done a nice job offering candidate summaries, forums, and endorsements, garnering them all hard to get GUARDIAN kudos.
Boise citizens have no excuses this year when it comes to voting in the city council election. The city has provided a neat new interactive voter map available HERE.
FROM POET PAUL
Vote by mail ideas are not new
It depends on your point of view
The election’s still fair
And the mailman won’t care
‘Cause the Post Office needs revenue!
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