election is Tuesday, November 4. You can access the information on
candidates in your legislative district by clicking on the appropriate
link to the right.
Our information includes how often incumbents voted with our positions.
We also sent incumbents a questionnaire inviting them to tell us where
they stand on issues that have not yet been voted on by both the full
House and Senate but on which we've taken positions. Similarly, we
report the positions of challengers who responded to our questionnaire.
We believe it is valuable to know how candidates voted, or would
have voted, on the issues on which we took positions. Those positions
reflect a strong consensus among typically more than 100 common citizens
who took an hour or more to study out the issue in question. The briefing
materials for each issue can be accessed on the left hand side of
However, no numeric score can fully capture a candidate. We encourage
your thoughtful consideration of each candidate as a whole. We have
invited candidates to explain their votes where they voted against
our position if they wished. The explanations of those who accepted
our invitation are also provided. To help evaluate candidates beyond
what our scorecard can tell you about them, we also invited candidates
to provide supplementary information.
Thank you for taking the time to thoughtfully exercise the privilege
of voting in this extraordinary system of government by the people.
Be sure to vote on November 4. And encourage your friends and neighbors
to do the same. They are also free to review this voter information.
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Other Voter Resources
The Secretary of State has a useful web page with general information
about voting in Idaho: www.idahovotes.gov. They
have a particularly handy page now that will help you find your polling
place and even get directions there from your home. Go to this
page on the Secretary of State's website.
Finding out which Congressional District and Legislative District
you live in is much more cumbersome. As you can see next to our links
for each legislative district on the right, legislative district numbering
starts at the Canadian border, with District 1 for Boundary and Bonner
Counties, and goes south to the Nevada border, and then goes east
to the Wyoming border. The 1st Congressional District runs from the
Canadian border all the way to the Nevada border. The eastern boundary
splits Boise in two. The 2nd Congressional District runs east from
that boundary to Wyoming. For detailed maps, go to this
page on the Secretary of State's website.
Idaho Public Television
has excellent voter information. In addition to information about
candidates and links to lots of other relevant websites (including
ours!), their website has information about the debates they're hosting.
You can even view the past debates online.
The Idaho Statesman
has a handy, high-tech voter guide that allows you to compare various
candidates and prepare and print out how you want to complete your
ballot. For those in the Treasure Valley, you can even put in your
address and it will bring up the relevant legislative and county races.
But even if you don't live in the Statesman's coverage area, they
provide useful information on statewide and congressional races.
Spokesman-Review provides a helpful page on the website that lists
all their election related articles and candidate profiles.
House, 1st Congressional District
House, 2nd Congressional District
State Legislative Offices
1 (Bonner & Boundary Counties)
2 (Benewah, Bonner, Kootenai & Shoshone Counties)
3 (Kootenai County)
4 (Kootenai County)
5 (Kootenai County)
6 (Latah County)
7 (Nez Perce County)
8 (Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis & Valley Counties)
9 (Adams, Canyon, Payette & Washington Counties)
10 (Canyon County)
11 (Canyon & Gem Counties)
12 (Canyon County)
13 (Canyon County)
14 (Ada County)
15 (Ada County)
16 (Ada County)
17 (Ada County)
18 (Ada County)
19 (Ada County)
20 (Ada County)
21 (Ada County)
22 (Boise & Elmore Counties)
23 (Owyhee & Twin Falls Counties)
24 (Twin Falls County)
25 (Blaine, Camas, Gooding & Lincoln Counties)
26 (Jerome & Minidoka Counties)
27 (Bingham, Cassia, Oneida & Power Counties)
28 (Bingham County)
29 (Bingham County)
30 (Bannock County)
31 (Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin & Teton Counties)
32 (Bonneville County)
33 (Bonneville County)
34 (Fremont & Madison Counties)
35 (Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson & Lemhi Counties