For tens of thousands of you, Election Day already happened. You mailed in an absentee ballot. Or you voted early perhaps taking advantage of Ada Countys first-ever and user-friendly Saturday voting.
Election Day has become Election Season. Since the objective is to get more people involved, were all for it.
For the rest of you, consider this your one final nudge. Yes, you can still vote. And yes, voting does matter.
Perhaps you were planning to vote today all along.
Maybe youre a procrastinator. Maybe you like to study the candidates and the issues until the final moment. Maybe youre just a traditionalist who likes the camaraderie of voting on Election Day, even if it means standing in line to do it.
Either way, there is, something quintessentially American about Election Day. And Election Night, as we await and agonize over results. Even when the issues and the candidates divide us, elections bring us all under one roof.
Dont spectate. If you havent made your voice heard, today is your day.
Here is a rundown of Statesman endorsements:
Propositions 1, 2 and 3: Vote no on Proposition 1, the collective bargaining law; vote yes on Proposition 2, the teacher merit pay law; vote no on Proposition 3, the school technology law.
Constitutional amendments: Vote no on HJR 2 (the right to hunt, fish and trap); vote yes on SJR 102 (jurisdiction over probation).
Raul Labrador, Republican, 1st Congressional District; Mike Simpson, Republican, 2nd Congressional District.
Ada County commissioner: Jim Tibbs, Republican, District 1; David Case, Republican, District 3.
Ada County prosecutor: Greg Bower, Republican.
Ada County sheriff: Gary Raney, Republican.
Canyon County sheriff: Kieran Donahue, Republican.
District 10: Leif Skyving, Democrat, Senate; Travis Manning, Democrat, House Seat A; Darrell Bolz, Republican, House Seat B.
District 11: Patti Anne Lodge, Republican, Senate.
District 12: Todd Lakey, Republican, Senate; Robert Anderst, Republican, House Seat A; no endorsement, House Seat B.
District 13: No endorsement, Senate; Brent Crane, Republican, House Seat A.
District 14: Marv Hagedorn, Republican, Senate; Reed DeMordaunt, Republican, House Seat B.
District 15: Betty Richardson, Democrat, Senate; Lynn Luker, Republican, House Seat A; Steve Berch, Democrat, House Seat B.
District 16: Les Bock, Democrat, Senate; Grant Burgoyne, Democrat, House Seat A; Graham Paterson, Republican, House Seat B.
District 17: Judy Peavey-Derr, Republican, Senate; John Gannon, Democrat, House Seat A; Sue Chew, Democrat, House Seat B.
District 18: Mitch Toryanski, Republican, Senate; Janie Ward-Engelking, Democrat, House Seat A; Phylis King, Democrat, House Seat B.
District 19: Cherie Buckner-Webb, Democrat, Senate; Mathew Erpelding, Democrat, House Seat A; Holli High Woodings, Democrat, House Seat B.
District 20: Chuck Winder, Republican, Senate; no endorsement, House Seat A.
District 21: Cliff Bayer, Republican, Senate; no endorsement, House Seat A; Tom Dayley, Republican, House Seat B.
District 22: Sharon Fisher, Democrat, House Seat B.
Ada County Highway District: Carol McKee, Rebecca Arnold.
Eagle City Hall bond issue: Vote yes.
Garden City Greenbelt: Vote yes on Initiative A, opening 1 1/2-mile unpaved trail to cycling; vote no on Initiative B, requiring voter approval of future Greenbelt decisions.
Our View is the editorial position of the Idaho Statesman. It is an unsigned opinion expressing the consensus of the Statesmans editorial board.