The new State law creating district elections for city councils in municipalities of more than 100,000 population eliminates 84% of potential voters in Boise.
On the face of it, the new law was aimed at eliminating the strangle hold on the powerful North Enders. The law reasonably says candidates must live within geographical districts. But it also says ONLY citizens living within those districts can vote for a candidate.
That means only 16% of registered voters within the city qualify to vote for ANY candidate. If three candidates run for a single seat, one could get elected with as little as 6% of those who vote within a district.
The GUARDIAN feels it is imperative the law be changed at the next legislative session to allow a citywide vote while retaining the district residency requirement–just like we have with county commission seats.
Vista neighborhood resident Dave Kangas has an interesting take on the map HERE.
Those in support of the legislative mandate were motivated to make it easier for a candidate to get elected. It is cheaper and easier to get a special interest district to elect you than to secure the votes of at least half the city.
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