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As Idahoans turned their calendars to July, many of the laws approved by the 2011 Idaho Legislature went into full effect and the state budget hit its reset button. While some of the new laws are relatively small tweaks – words including “mentally retarded” were removed from some statutes and budding acupuncture professionals are now licensed as trainees rather than…

Idaho citizens will likely go to the polls next November with the chance to vote up or down on new education laws approved earlier this year. Opponents of education reforms have collected enough signatures for one of the three referendums, and are within 800 signatures on the other two ballot measures, as of Wednesday morning. “They're probably there by now,”…

Opponents to Idaho's new education laws have two-thirds of the required signatures they need to put those reforms up to a public vote next fall. The Idaho secretary of state's office reports that all three referendum efforts have more than 31,000 verified signatures. All three efforts, to repeal three pieces of legislation backed by state schools chief Tom Luna and…

How many hours before an election should county clerks be able to open ballots?  Should clerks be limited to open ballots only on Election Day? Those are the questions that came before the House State Affairs Committee Thursday and panel members couldn’t decide, so they moved to strip any time frame references from the legislation. The time frame provision was…

AARP Idaho wants all of its members 50 years and older to vote in the Nov. 2 election, and is concerned about public service announcements on the new law asking voters to bring photo identification to the polls. Officials with the group say the ads are misleading, because registered voters without ID can still vote if they sign an affidavit…

Idaho voters may get the chance to vote on a slate of initiatives this November that would bolster state sovereignty, though backers of the initiatives need to meet an April 30 deadline for collecting signatures.  Supporters say they’re not sure if they’ll get the required 51,712 signatures of registered voters.  The chief deputy to the Idaho secretary of state, Tim…

An Idaho Senate panel had no support Monday for a plan to make write-in candidates for election announce their candidacy 28 days before an election, which would be double the current 14-day deadline. Sen. Joe Stegner, R-Lewiston, said the earlier deadline would limit the opportunity for a last-minute candidate with strong popular support. “A lot of the impetus for a…

A plan to require Idaho voters to show a photo ID when they show up to vote is a Senate vote and a governor’s signature away from becoming law. Voters would need to bring ID with them in the November general election. The Senate State Affairs Committee Wednesday approved legislation that was put together by the Idaho secretary of state…

Idahoans serving abroad in the military or living outside the country for other reasons could get easier access to absentee ballots under a proposal introduced in the Idaho Senate Wednesday that would bring the state into line with a federal law requiring states to allow people living abroad to vote and giving them an emergency ballot if needed. “We need…