Election Results

Secretary of State

Candidate Votes Percentage
Lawerence E. Denney (R) 369,893
62%
Jill Humble (D) 221,939
38%

Idaho Secretary of State Survey Responses

Party
Jill Humble
Democratic
Democratic
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
Republican
Education
Jill Humble
Democratic
PMC, MSEd, CAS, NCC, RN
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
B. S. Ag Economics, University of Idaho
Occupation and relevant work experience
Jill Humble
Democratic
I’m recently retired but spent my career in healthcare, starting out as a registered nurse and rising into management and administrative roles. I have helped guide my staff through the adoption of digital records and infrastructure, much like our SOS needs to do. In my work as Director of Performance Improvement, I have improved operations and quality of service, much like our SOS needs to do. I have supervised a large professional staff, just as our SOS needs to do. Additionally, I have taught at Boise State University, College of Western Idaho, and Lewis & Clark State College, as well.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
Current Secretary of State, Farmer/Businessman, Legislator
Past political experience and campaigns
Jill Humble
Democratic
I ran for Governor as an Independent in 2014 in order to bring attention to issues that weren?t being discussed. Unlike my opponent I am not a career politician.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
4 years Secretary of State, 6 years Speaker of the House, 4 years Majority Leader, 4 years Assistant Majority Leader , 2 years Chairman House Resource, Conservation Committee
Have you ever filed for bankruptcy for yourself or for your business? If yes, please tell us when and the circumstances.
Jill Humble
Democratic
No
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
NO
Have you been convicted of any misdemeanor or felony charges? (Traffic citations not included). If yes, what were the convictions and the circumstances?
Jill Humble
Democratic
No
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
NO
Why are you running for this office?
Jill Humble
Democratic
I’m running for Secretary of State because we desperately require leadership that will protect and enhance our voting rights. Voting should be easy, convenient, and secure. I will work to improve the performance of the Secretary of State’s office across all departments from election oversight down to the formation of new businesses in Idaho.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Idaho's Secretary of State. We are in the process of moving the Secretary of State's office into the 21st century. We have accomplished a lot, we have changed a lot, we have put some new things in place, all to make Idaho a better place to live and do business. However, there is still much to be done.
What are your top three priorities if elected?
Jill Humble
Democratic
1. Automatic voter registration at 18 years of age. 2. Maintain Absentee Voter Ballot status on a perpetual basis, based on a one time request by the voter. 3. The Secretary of State is a member of the Land Board tasked with getting the maximum return from state lands. Right now the board principally considers timber, oil and gas sales while failing to seriously address water resources. I will reexamine those priorities and practices, as should all the other members of the Land Board.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
1,) In collaboration with several state agencies, as well as the small business development center, we are going to create a business one-stop. New businesses in Idaho will be able to come to one site to complete everything to start their business. 2.) Continue to simplify, remove ambiguity, and increase transparency of all of Idaho's Sunshine laws. 3.) Continue to upgrade our security.
Why should voters select you over your opponent(s)?
Jill Humble
Democratic
2 reasons. The first is that your privacy matters. The incumbent has compromised your privacy and security by recklessly releasing your voting information. The second is that fair elections matter. The incumbent has failed to perform his duties without partisanship. He has waived fines when his political allies violate our sunshine laws and he has placed partisan billboards around the state. He has not lived up to the legacy of non-partisanship of Ben Ysursa. I will remove partisanship from the Secretary of State?s office.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
My background, my experience and my past record. we have provided better customer service in all areas of our office (online filing for our business customers, easier, more transparent sunshine filings, on-line voter registration, and greatly improved security and cyber security).
Should Idaho adopt a mail-in voting system?
Jill Humble
Democratic
Idaho’s small precincts already use mail-in voting, which reduces cost and increases participation. We should first work to make Vote-by-Mail easier for those that want it and then, if successful, consider going to all Vote-by-Mail system.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
I am not sold 100% on vote by mail. For three (3) reasons: 1. Security. I have always had a problem with the security of turning over 800,000 ballots to the postal service. Add to that, a new study just out by the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine entitled "Securing the Vote: Protecting American Democracy." One recommendation in this report is that: the EAC, NIST, and the DHS, do additional security research on other topics and one of those topics is "vote by mail". 2. Article VI section 1 of the Idaho Constitution, guarantees an absolutely secret ballot. I don't believe that we can meet that responsibility, with a mail ballot system. 3. We already have vote by mail. It is called absentee voting. If you are requesting that a ballot be sent to you, you will be looking for it, and that by itself will increase security. Also, by requesting a ballot, you are assuming the responsibility to keep your ballot secret.
Should Idaho voter data be turned over to federal officials?
Jill Humble
Democratic
I would be extremely hesitant to share voter data outside the Idaho voting systems; the only exception would be a credible risk to our national security. Crucially, if our data is going to be released to anyone outside of Idaho, I will demand proof that the data is being transmitted and stored in such a way that Idahoans can be assured their data will not end up in the hands of identity thieves, scammers, and foreign governments.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
For election security purposes, ABSOLUTELY. Our election data and voter registration information is all public information, with the exception of: 1) your date of birth, 2) all or any part of your social security number, and 3) your driver's license or state identification number. I might add, that even this non-public information is already in the possession of several federal agencies (social security, IRS, and many others), as well as numerous other private entities (your bank, all of your credit card companies, and others).
Do you support efforts by the Legislature to crack down on campaign finance violations, including mandatory application of fines for late filing?
Jill Humble
Democratic
Since our current Secretary of State has not enforced the law consistently, yes, I would support efforts by the Legislature to require accountability. Regardless of legislative action, the law will be applied consistently from the moment I step into office. Everyone should follow the same Sunshine Laws regarding campaign financing. Violation should be treated equally and in a nonpartisan manner. All results need to be publicly disclosed. They need to be readily available on the Secretary of State website and made easy to understand.
Lawerence E Denney
Republican
I have been working over the past two years with the legislative interim committee to help clarify, simplify, and improve our sunshine laws and reporting. The purpose of the sunshine law is disclosure and disclosure in a timely manner. We already have a mandatory application of fines, but it gives 5 days after they receive written notice from our office. When it is received is certainly up to interpretation. So I do believe that mandatory application from day one would achieve our purpose.