Idaho: Early Voting Bill, Streamlining Process, Gets Affirmative Vote From Idaho House Committee | Boise Weekly
Following unprecedented lines of early voters leading up to last November’s election, state officials want to dramatically alter the process of moving ballots. A proposed measure that would change early voting procedures—and presumably speed up the vote count—moved through an Idaho legislative committee this morning with a “do pass” recommendation to the full membership of the Idaho House. “In Ada County, our population has grown 33 percent while our election costs have grown 313 percent,” Phil McGrane, Ada County chief deputy clerk, told members of the House State Affairs Committee today. “The cost and complexity has risen dramatically. But we’re trying to reduce the complexity so that we can focus on the accuracy and integrity of the voting process.” McGrane told lawmakers that Ada County needed to hire 90 additional workers on Election Night simply to open envelopes containing early ballots.