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Voter Information 2008

The general 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 the homepage.

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. No membership is required to access this information. One effective way for you to make a difference is to e-mail your family and friends to encourage them to vote and to include a link to this page. If you're reading this page and are not a member, we hope you'll join us! All registered Idaho voters can sign up as members by clicking here.

If you have suggestions for other information we should post, including links to other voter information sites, please e-mail us at: info@TheCommonInterest.org


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.

The Spokesman-Review provides a helpful page on the website that lists all their election related articles and candidate profiles.

Federal Offices
President
U.S. Senate
U.S. House, 1st Congressional District
U.S. House, 2nd Congressional District

State Legislative Offices 
District 1 (Bonner & Boundary Counties)
District 2 (Benewah, Bonner, Kootenai & Shoshone Counties)
District 3 (Kootenai County)
District 4 (Kootenai County)
District 5 (Kootenai County)
District 6 (Latah County)
District 7 (Nez Perce County)
District 8 (Clearwater, Idaho, Lewis & Valley Counties)
District 9 (Adams, Canyon, Payette & Washington Counties)
District 10 (Canyon County)
District 11 (Canyon & Gem Counties)
District 12 (Canyon County)
District 13 (Canyon County)
District 14 (Ada County)
District 15 (Ada County)
District 16 (Ada County)
District 17 (Ada County)
District 18 (Ada County)
District 19 (Ada County)
District 20 (Ada County)
District 21 (Ada County)
District 22 (Boise & Elmore Counties)
District 23 (Owyhee & Twin Falls Counties)
District 24 (Twin Falls County)
District 25 (Blaine, Camas, Gooding & Lincoln Counties)
District 26 (Jerome & Minidoka Counties)
District 27 (Bingham, Cassia, Oneida & Power Counties)
District 28 (Bingham County)
District 29 (Bingham County)
District 30 (Bannock County)
District 31 (Bear Lake, Bonneville, Caribou, Franklin & Teton Counties)
District 32 (Bonneville County)
District 33 (Bonneville County)
District 34 (Fremont & Madison Counties)
District 35 (Butte, Clark, Custer, Fremont, Jefferson & Lemhi Counties


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