Election Day kicks off in the Treasure Valley

kterhune@idahostatesman.comNovember 5, 2013 

Treasure Valley voters are headed to the polls today at a steady pace, although turnout stayed low throughout the morning.

Poll workers at Hawthorne Elementary in Boise said 10 people cast ballots within the first 45 minutes, and estimated that voters would continue to trickle in throughout the day.

Les Roundy, who had just finished casting his ballot, said he voted for most of the incumbents on the ticket.

Born and raised in Boise, Roundy said he votes almost every year and feels it is his civic duty to make his voice heard.

At Mountain View High School in Meridian, Chief Judge Paul Hosford said he expected to see most voters during the peak times: before work, lunchtime and early evening.

By 11 a.m. Tuesday, 35 people had voted at the site. Hosford guessed there would be 120 to 150 by the end of the day. Most of the turnout would likely come later, he said.

"Evening, about five or six o’clock, will be the big rush, if you can call it that,” he said. “It’s nothing like the big federal elections.”

But Hosford said that was still an improvement over turnout earlier this year.

“So far, it has been bigger than the last spring election,” he said. “We’ve doubled that so far.”

The turnout was not as good at other locations, according to Ada County election officials.

“It’s been a pretty slow morning from what we’ve heard,” Ada County Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane said.

Feedback was not in from all of his county's polling places, so it was too soon to compare the numbers to those of the spring election or last year.

However, early information suggested that many North Enders had already cast their ballots.

“We know from the absentees that there has been a little bit higher voting in the North End, because of the bonds,” McGrane said.

Turnout can vary from year to year, but McGrane said he had an idea of how many Ada County residents would make it to their polling venue today.

“Countywide, I’d be surprised if it wasn’t about 10 to 20 percent,” he said.

Activity at Canyon County polling stations was steady, but not super busy, county spokesman Joe Decker said.

Canyon County Deputy Clerk Brad Jackson was pleased with the turnout as of the afternoon, Decker said.

Katie Terhune: 377-6219

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