As of Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Idaho County reported a 36.74 percent voter turnout in the May 15 primary election, according to results released by the Idaho County Elections Office. This is nearly a 5 percent drop from races held two years ago, but virtually identical to the 36.68 percent county turnout in 2014.
The primary turnout reported a total 3,532 ballots cast out of a total 9,614 registered voters.
Highest voter turnouts, by precinct, were seen in Joseph (78.9 percent; 15 of 19), Big Butte (67.5 percent; 56 of 83), Slate Creek 1 (66.3 percent, 53 of 80), Lowell (62.2 percent; 46 of 74) and Greencreek (53.3 percent; 104 of 195). Apart from Greencreek, these are mailout ballot only precincts.
Lowest turnouts were in Grangeville precincts 2,3,5 and 1 that ranged between 20.3 to 23.4 percent, and Elk City at 25.2 percent.
Absentee ballots, 512, made up approximately 14 percent of the total cast in the primary election.
Votes were canvassed by the Idaho County Commission during its regular meeting last Tuesday, May 22.
District 7 Legislative races
Unofficial totals for District 7 legislative races show victory for incumbents Priscilla Giddings and Paul Shepherd. The Idaho State Board of Canvassers will meet today, May 30, to canvass results of the May 15 primary.
For District 7A Representative: Giddings of White Bird received 3,125 (56.1 percent), Ryan A. Lawrence of Kendrick received 1,276 (22.9 percent), and Shannon McMillan of Silverton received 1,165 (20.9 percent).
Of the candidates’ total votes across the district, Idaho County votes made up 64 percent for Giddings (2,004), Lawrence received 37 percent (469) and McMillan received 34 percent (392).
For District 7B Representative: Phil Hart of Kellogg received 2,253 (41.3 percent), and incumbent Paul Shepherd of Riggins received 3,197 (58.7 percent).
Breaking down what candidates received in Idaho County of their overall totals, Hart received 44 percent (987) and Shepherd received 55 percent (1,749).
District 7 includes Idaho, Clearwater, Shoshone and a portion of Bonner counties.
School district levies
For Cottonwood Joint School District 242’s $325,000 supplemental levy, votes were 356 yes to 225 no; 61 percent approval rate. Registered voter turnout was 43 percent.
For Salmon River Joint School District 243’s $525,000 supplemental levy, votes were 254 yes to 108 no; a 70 percent approval rate. Registered voter turnout was 44 percent.