Idaho law should help save time and money in upcoming November election


The 2020 law aims to eliminate the electoral lists for certain uncontested races.

BOISE, Idaho – An Idaho law will soon save everyone time and taxpayer dollars in the upcoming November 2 election.

“This allows county clerks not to put a race on the ballot if it is an undisputed race, for example, for mayor or city council,” said Chad Houck, deputy secretary of Chief State.

Houck explains that the law only covers elections down to the city level – not county, state, or legislative races.

Houck says there are two main advantages that come with the law designed to avoid unnecessary elections in cases where someone does not run against anyone else.

“It cuts costs; it reduces the time needed to administer the election. If you are in a manual counting county, this is one less tabulation process to have to get these numbers. Ultimately, it reduces the cost of administering this election for county clerks, ”Houck said.

Houck points out, for example, that fewer ballot items means less cost for printing ballots. Fewer ballots can also promote better voter engagement.

“Fewer things on the ballot – we know there is something as real as ballot fatigue. The further down you go in the ballot, the less likely a voter is to participate in ballot questions that come near the end of the ballot, ”Houck said.

You may be wondering, what about writing applicants? Does this effectively eliminate this option? The short answer is no, and it’s important to mention that candidates registered in Idaho must go through a registration process before an election in order for the votes to be counted for them.

Houck says the law regulates all of this.

“In fact, he was addressing the candidates very specifically in writing. Indeed, the bill specifies that after the expiration of the deadline for registration as a candidate by correspondence, registration as a candidate by correspondence is a legal requirement. This happens after the declaration of candidacy but before the deadlines when the ballots are actually printed and go out the door. Thus, only candidates registered in writing who have had the opportunity for the county clerks to assess their ability to serve in this office, meeting the qualifications of this office, are allowed to receive votes functionally on polling day. , if they win this contest, ”Houck said.

The concept accomplished by the law previously applied to lower level elections, but again it will now extend to municipal elections, but not beyond.

“It doesn’t apply anywhere above the threshold of this city, it doesn’t come into play in any of our partisan elections. We always use in a partisan office, like a legislature or like our constitutional offices, if one were to be unchallenged, you would always see it there. It’s more of a follow-up of the primary and general system that we don’t have during municipal or municipal elections, ”Houck said.

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