While it is good to know more than 30 percent of Idaho’s registered voters cast ballots in this year’s primary, that also means nearly 70 percent of those who could vote didn't bother to do so. The official Secretary of State tally of votes in the May 15 Primary showed there is also plenty of work to be done to activate the nearly 450,000 people of voting age in the state who are not yet registered to vote.
Secretary of State Lawerence Denney said high-profile races on both tickets helped spur interest this year from the 25 percent turnout typical of off-year primaries.
Kootenai County, the state’s third most populous county, had the lowest voter turnout, with just 22 percent of registered voters actually voting. Interest was better in Ada and Canyon counties, however, near 32 percent of those registered.
Turnout was also low in Nez Perce, Franklin, Bannock, and Madison counties, with turnout highest in sparsely populated Clark County, where 54 percent of the electorate – 218 of the county’s 400 registered voters – cast ballots.
The Associated Press report on Idaho’s primary turnout is here. The official Idaho election registration and turnout record is here.
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