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2016 Election: final results

Voting at the Idaho National Guard Armory on Election Day, Nov.8, 2016.

Photo by Laurie Chapman
Voting at the Idaho National Guard Armory on Election Day, Nov.8, 2016.

— 2016 was a record turnout within the last three presidential elections for Idaho County voters at 83.10 percent, up more than 4 percent from the last highest year, 2008, when Barack Obama first took office.

Results were canvassed Monday, Nov. 14, by the Idaho County Commission, confirming 8,517 ballots were cast Nov. 8 out of a total 10,249 registered voters. 2016 also saw the highest number of election day registrants – 783 – within the past three presidential elections.

Apart from a nearly 42 percent turnout (115) of Elk City’s total 276 registered voters, the remainder of Idaho County’s 28 precincts showed at least 50 percent or better – including seven in the 70s range and four in the 80s – for a controversial election year at not only the national level but locally, as well.

Idaho County Sheriff

Closely watched and discussed this season, the race for Idaho County sheriff went to two-term Republican incumbent Doug Giddings of Slate Creek, who secured 4,331 votes (52 percent) to Independent Carlos Martinez of Kooskia who received 3,951.

The pair was separated by 380 votes, as opposed to 1,236 when the two first faced off in 2008 (Martinez then running as a Democrat), and the race included write-in Herb Lindsey, who received 532.

In this year’s sheriff’s race, Giddings won 17 precincts, largely comprising the Camas Prairie and Salmon River country communities, and nearly 54 percent of the total 1,923 absentee vote. (Nearly a quarter of Giddings’ total votes came from absentee.)

On Martinez’ race, he secured 11 precincts, largely in the Clearwater Valley area and eastern Idaho County; as well, he won three of Grangeville’s five precincts (2-4). Twenty-two percent (887) of his total vote came from absentees.

Races were closest within the Grangeville and Kamiah precincts, all of which saw differences of 20 votes or less between the two men; Grangeville 3 saw only a two-vote difference. Both candidates won their home communities; Martinez by a 215 margin in Kooskia, and Giddings by a 99 margin in Slate Creek 1-2 combined.

Local Decisions

  • FAIL - Kamiah Fire Protection District special tax levy: 374 in favor, 392 against
  • PASS - City of Riggins local-option tax: 157 in favor, 57 against
  • PASS - Highway Districts Consolidation (Good Roads and Union Independent): 94 in favor, nine against

Results for state and national elections that follow are Idaho County only.

District 7

Senate: Carl Crabtree (R), 6,659 (83 percent) and Ken Meyers (D), 1,403 (17 percent). Overall: Crabtree won with 73.9 percent.

Dist. 7A Rep: Jessica Chilcott (D), 1,831 (23 percent), and Priscilla Giddings (R), 6,171 (77 percent). Overall, Giddings won with 70.8 percent.

Supreme Court

Robyn Brody, 2,895; Curt McKenzie, 4,238. Statewide, Brody won with 53.5 percent.

Constitutional Amendment HJR 5

Yes – 4,831; No – 3,009. Statewide, passed with 55.5 percent.

U.S. Senator

Mike Crapo (R), 6,272; Jerry Sturgill (D), 1,247; Ray Wirtz (Con), 594. Statewide, Crapo won with 66.1 percent.

U.S. Rep. Dist. 1

Raul Labrador (R), 6,406; James Piotrowski (D), 1,701. Statewide, Labrador won with 68.2 percent.

U.S. President

Hillary Clinton (D), 1,196; Donald Trump (R), 6,441; Darrell Castle (I), 57; Scott Copeland (Con), 47; Rocky De La Fuente, (I), 14; Gary Johnson (Lib), 254; Evan McMullin, (I), 165; Jill Stein (I), 52. Statewide, Trump received 59.3 percent.

Other Election Statistics

Based on the past three presidential general elections:

  • on average around 2,000 absentee ballots are cast: 1,965 in 2008; 2,078 in 2012; and 2,024 in 2016.
  • total number of Idaho County registered voters has declined: 10,814 in 2008; 10,573 in 2012; and 10,249 in 2016.


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