Education

Early voting now under way

Who can vote? In West Ada School District’s trustee recall elections only voters in Zones 1 and 3 can cast ballots. Trustee Tina Dean is in zone 1 in the western section of West Ada School District. Carol Sayles is in Zone 3, in the eastern section of the district. Find out if you are in either zone at IdahoStatesman.com.

What are the two standards to meet a recall?

▪  1. A majority of people have to vote in support of the recall.

▪  2. At least as many people have to vote for recall as voted to put the candidates in office in their previous election. For Carol Sayles, that number is 339. For Tina Dean, 188.

Where is early voting?

Ada County early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday, May 2 through Friday, May 13, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday May 7.

• Ada County Elections Office, 400 Benjamin Lane

• Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

On Saturday, May 7, early voting will only be at the Benjamin Lane site.

Canyon County early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Friday May 13, at the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell. A small portion of Trustee Tina Dean’s Zone is in Canyon County.

Timeline: How we got here

May 19, 2015: Two new members, Julie Madsen and Russell Joki, elected to the West Ada School Board.

July: New board members take aim during their first meeting at then-Superintendent Linda Clark’s contract extension, saying the outgoing board should have left that vote to the incoming trustees.

September: Board voids the third year of Clark’s contract, saying it was approved at a meeting of the previous board that violated the state’s open meetings rules.

October: Clark leaves the district in what she calls a “forced resignation.”

November: Board rejects Clark’s resignation and terminates her contract.

February 2016: Board opponents file recall petitions for election on May 17. Trustee Julie Madsen resigns, saying she won’t put her family through a recall election.

March: Fourth District Court rules against attempt by Trustees Russell Joki and Carol Sayles to toss out the recall effort.

April: Trustee Russell Joki resigns, citing personal reasons.

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