Polls open on Tuesday, Nov. 5, with an array of races splashed across Blaine County ballots.

Voting runs from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at locations countywide. A few changes to note this year: Precinct 1, northern Blaine County, will vote at the Wood River Community YMCA in Ketchum, while Precincts 3 and 4—north and south Ketchum—will vote at The Community Library.

Otherwise, nothing’s changed. Sun Valley residents can go to Sun Valley City Hall; Hailey’s seven precincts will convene at the Community Campus; Bellevue and Poverty Flats meet at Bellevue Elementary School; Carey voters head to Carey City Hall; and, people from Picabo and Gannett can cast their ballots at the Silver Creek Store. (Live in Yale? Vote by mail.)

Unsure of where to vote? That information is online at https://maps.co.blaine.id.us/vote/voterinfo.htm.

Registered voters need to bring one valid form of identification, or sign an affidavit swearing to their identity under the penalty of perjury. Here’s what counts:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo identification card.
  • A U.S. passport or federal photo identification card.
  • A tribal photo identification card.
  • A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or college.
  • A concealed carry license issued by a county sheriff in Idaho.

Idaho allows same-day registration at the polling place, too. You’ll need one of the above forms of ID, plus proof of residence in Blaine County, like a utility bill or driver’s license listing an address.

Meanwhile, early voting is open at the Old County Courthouse in Hailey through 5 p.m. today, Nov. 1. The deadline has already passed for requesting absentee ballots, but they can be returned to the county Elections Office any time before the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 5.

There are no state or national races on Tuesday’s ballot. It’s all local, so what you see depends on where you live. Here’s a quick look at what’s up for grabs this election.


Sitting Councilwoman Martha Burke is running unopposed to replace outgoing Mayor Fritz Haemmerle. But there are a pair of contested races for council seats. For Seat 3, Sam Linnet is running against incumbent Jeff Engelhardt. In Seat 4, Juan Martinez is challenging incumbent Pat Cooley.


Two spots are up on the City Council, with four in the race. Incumbents Michael David and Jim Slanetz face challenges from Mickey Garcia and Jen Smith. Voters can pick two of the four.

Ketchum voters will also decide on an $11.5 million bond—at an all-in, tax-supported cost of $16.9 million after 25 years of interest, according to city estimates—that would finance a new city fire station.

Sun Valley

No contested races here. Incumbent Mayor Peter Hendricks, as well as sitting City Councilwomen Jane Conard and Michelle Griffith, will all keep their posts.


There are three alderman openings, and three candidates for the two-year terms: Kathryn Goldman, Chris Johnson and Shaun Mahoney.


Jon Hoopes and George Versis are unopposed for a pair of four-year terms on the City Council, while Kirstin Cutler is the only one running for the council’s two-year term.

School Board, Zone 1

Amber Larna and Alexis Lindberg are competing for the south county’s open seat on the Blaine County School District’s board of trustees.

Ketchum Rural Fire Protection District

Voters within its boundary can pick between incumbent Commissioner Jed Gray and challenger Gray Ottley for the District 3 seat.

Wood River Fire Protection District

Dennis Kavanagh is up against incumbent Seth Martin for the Subdistrict 1 commissioner’s seat.

For full results, check www.mtexpress.com after the polls close.

Email the writer: mdee@mtexpress.com

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