Today, Nov. 2, is the last day of early voting at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey before polls open everywhere on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Voting will run from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Election Day at seven polling places countywide (see sidebar). All absentee ballots must be submitted to the Clerk’s Office by the time polls close.

Spots in federal, state and local government fill the ballot this year.

At the top, incumbent Republican Rep. Mike Simpson hopes to defend his seat representing Idaho’s 2nd Congressional District against Democratic challenger Aaron Swisher.

Just below it is the race for the governor’s mansion, which is open following the retirement of current Gov. Butch Otter. His lieutenant governor, Republican Brad Little, and Democrat Paulette Jordan highlight four candidates seeking the job.

Further down-ballot, voters will choose a new lieutenant governor, either Democrat Kristin Collum or Republican Janice McGeachin. And Republican incumbents in other posts face Democratic opponents for secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public education. (Carey’s Julie Ellsworth, a candidate for treasurer, and incumbent Controller Brandon Woolf, both Republicans, are running unopposed.)

Locally, District 26 has a race for state Senate between two Ketchumites, incumbent Democrat Michelle Stennett and Republican Julie Lynn, and for two seats in the state House of Representatives: Incumbent Republican Steve Miller of Fairfield faces a

challenge from Sun Valley Democrat Muffy Davis for Seat A, while incumbent Democrat Sally Toone of Gooding is running against Fairfield Republican Mike McFadyen for Seat B.

Two county commissioner seats are also up for grabs. Democratic incumbent Angenie McCleary hopes to add another four-year term to her decade-long run in the north valley’s District 3 seat with a win against independent Mickey Garcia. In District 1, the south county, three candidates are vying to replace Democratic Commissioner Larry Schoen: Democrat Dick Fosbury, independent Debra Hall and Republican Mick Halverson.

(Fosbury defeated Schoen in the Democratic primary election earlier this year to represent his party on the November ballot.)

Four other county offices—clerk, treasurer, assessor and coroner—are uncontested races. There’s one new face among them: Jim Williams, an appraiser in the Assessor’s Office, won a Democratic primary to become the presumptive successor for his retiring boss, longtime county Assessor Valdi Pace.

On the nonpartisan portion of the ballot, voters can pick between David Gadd and Roger Harris to replace Judge Randy Stoker on the 5th District Court.

And, Bellevue will have a new mayor next year. Either Jared Murphy or City Councilman Ned Burns will replace Chris Koch in City Hall.

Finally, there are two propositions up for a statewide vote. If approved, Proposition 1 would allow virtual machine betting on unidentifiable historic horse races at racetracks to subsidize live horse racing. Proposition 2 would expand eligibility for Medicaid coverage in Idaho.

Idaho allows same-day registration for voters, though all voters must either show valid photo identification or sign an affidavit swearing to their identity, a violation of which is a felony.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card.
  • A concealed-weapons license issued by an Idaho county sheriff.
  • A U.S. passport or federal photo ID.
  • A tribal photo identification card.
  • A current photo ID issued by an Idaho high school or post-secondary education institution.

For more information on how to vote, where to vote or what’s on the ballot, call the Blaine County Elections Office at 208-788-5510 or find it online at

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