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VOTING LAW 11-19-15 LMS
There have been many complaints over the years about the fact people who own businesses in Salmon but live outside the city limits are not allowed to vote in city elections. Those same complaints were heard perhaps more loudly regarding the recent November 3 election.
Mayor Leo Marshall has researched the Title 50-402 Idaho Statute which governs municipal elections. Key phrases include “Qualified Elector” and “Residence.”
The definition of “qualified elector” is any person who is at least 18 years of age, is a United States citizen and has resided in the city for at least 30 days prior to the election in which they wish to vote. The person also has to be registered to vote within the time period provided by law. The statute goes on to say if the area in which the voter lives has recently been annexed by the city. the annexation must have taken place 30 days prior to the election.
Under the Idaho Statute, “residence” is defined for voting purposes as the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person. The law reads, “If a qualified elector moves outside the city, with the intentions of making it his permanent home, he shall be considered to have lost his residence in the city.”
Marshall said since the law that prohibits non-city residents from voting in a city election is an Idaho Statue it would be up to the Idaho Legislature to change. He said he has spoken to Idaho House Representative Merrill Beyeler about local feelings regarding the statute and hopes there will be an opportunity to resume discussions before Idaho’s next legislative session scheduled to begin in January of 2016.
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