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Idaho voters head to polls for primaries, reassured of a 'safe and secure' election

Alex Brizee, The Idaho Statesman on

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BOISE, Idaho — Early Tuesday a steady flow of voters trickled out of polling locations throughout the Treasure Valley as residents geared up for primary elections.

Idahoans cast their votes Tuesday to decide the primary candidates for federal, state and local offices, including the highly anticipated governor’s race. Republican voters — a majority of the state — have eight candidates to choose from, including incumbent Gov. Brad Little and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin.

Several voters at the polls told the Idaho Statesman they voted to make sure Idaho stays true to its conservative values.

The Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Boise Police Department had no plans Tuesday morning to heighten police presence at any of the polling stations in their districts, the agencies’ spokespeople told the Statesman by email. Boise police spokesperson Haley Williams said the department has “officers out around the city” that can respond if needed.

At around 11 a.m. Tuesday, a handful of residents voted at the Meridian Senior Center as five poll workers helped them through the various steps in the election process.

After being greeted by smiling faces, voters headed into a small room where they first met one of two poll workers, Judy Shaffer or Anne Thornton. The pair were responsible for checking registered voters in or signing up those who had yet to register to vote.


Shaffer, 77, told the Statesman in an interview she decided to become a poll worker a few weeks ago, when she was casting her early ballot and was approached to volunteer.

“I think voting is important so if it takes the retired people to do it, we’re here,” said Shaffer, a former mail carrier.

Voters were first asked for IDs, their names and addresses, then picked up their ballots depending on their registered parties. Idaho offers five ballot options: Republican, Democratic, Constitution, Libertarian and nonpartisan.

After grabbing a ballot, voters headed to voting booths to choose their candidates. They then inserted the paper ballot into the tabulating machines.


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