The chaotic scenes some had feared at polling places yesterday never really materialized, and all those involved deserve a very big pat on the back.
Quite a few Idaho voters clearly aren’t happy about the fact that the state Republican Party has closed its primary to registered Republicans only. No doubt poll workers at precincts across the state were well aware of that fact yesterday and were prepared for backlash.
There was some grumbling from some disenchanted voters, but no reports of unruliness or public disturbances — at least in Canyon County. That’s a testament to you, the voters, who turned out at about 26 percent, which isn’t much different than past, open primaries have been. You knew what the new rules are and, like them or not, you accepted them and didn’t take out your unhappiness on the poll workers.
Canyon County Clerk Chris Yamamoto did a smart thing by having a form available at polling places for disgruntled voters that explained the new process, who was responsible for it and how they can express their feelings in a productive way. Good thinking. And poll workers were very clear in explaining just who can vote on which ballot. These folks were very prepared, and it showed.
Redistricting was another wild card that could have played havoc with people used to voting at one polling place, only to find out they were moved to another. Credit the Canyon County Elections Office as well as the state for providing easily-accessed information online and in person.
The county also did a good job of making results in a relatively timely manner, both to the press and the public.
It could have been a confusing, frustrating experience for a lot of people, but it wasn’t. Well done, Canyon County voters and election officials. Now — are you ready for a presidential election in November?
- Our view is based on the majority opinions of the Idaho Press-Tribune editorial board. Members of the board are Publisher Matt Davison, Managing Editor Vickie Holbrook, Opinion Editor Phil Bridges and community members Kim Keller, Carlos Soriano, Timothy Brown, Taylor Raney, Ken Pieksma and Nicole Gibbs.