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Elections 2014: Unaffiliated voters are second highest

Idaho County Open Positions for 2014

Commission districts 1 and 2 (held, respectively by Skip Brandt of Kooskia and James Rockwell of Grangeville), county clerk (held by Kathy Ackerman of Grangeville), assessor (held by James Zehner of Grangeville), coroner (held by Steve Frei of Grangeville), and treasurer (held by Deanna Hall of Grangeville).

Pop quiz: Republicans account for half of Idaho County voters, but what group makes up the second largest? If you said Democrat, you’d be wrong.

According to statistics for 2013 from the Idaho County Elections Office, unaffiliated (no party preference) voters make up 44 percent of the county’s 9,234 electors. Republicans make up 50 percent of electors, Democrats at 4.8 percent (446), and at less than 1 percent are both Constitution at 33 (0.4 percent) and Libertarian at 31 (0.3 percent).

Of Idaho County’s 27 precincts, Republican voters make up the majority of electors in 18, comprising between 40 to 68 percent of the total. In the remaining nine precincts, unaffiliated voters are the majority, comprising between 48 to 52 percent of the total.

As a percentage of the total, Republicans make up 68.9 percent (91) of voters in Slate Creek 1 precinct (132 total electors); and unaffiliated voters make up 56.6 percent (194) of voters in Cottonwood 2 precinct (343 electors).

Democrats make up sizeable percentages of total electors in Lowell (17 percent of 100 electors), Keuterville (14.1 percent of 212 electors), Slate Creek 2 (10.8 percent of 37 electors), Joseph (10 percent of 20 electors), and Grangeville 4 (8.1 percent of 736 electors).

Idaho County electors have increased from 2012 to 2013 by 2.1 percent for a total 9,234. Within that 194 increase, unaffiliated voters increased by 2.6 percent (104) for a total 4,104. Republicans saw a 1.6 percent (74) increase for a total 4,620; and Democrats grew by 13 (3 percent) for a total 446.


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