Idaho Press: Boise trustee elections carry $70,000 price tag

The cost of the Boise School District’s go-it-alone trustees’ election runs close to $70,000, the Idaho Press reported Saturday.

The Press’ Xavier Ward took a closer look at the district’s elections, which are held on the first Tuesday in September — and frequently the day after Labor Day.

Under the district’s unique governing charter, a document that predates statehood, Boise holds its elections in September, when no other races appear on the ballot. The district could amend this section of the charter, and Idaho’s two other charter districts have done so, Ward reported.

The Boise district incurs the cost of its trustee elections, which came to $69,352 last year, Ward said.

Turnout for the September trustee elections is chronically and notoriously low.

Barely 4,000 Boiseans voted in last fall’s election, translating to 3.7 percent turnout.

In 2014 and 2016, turnout was 6.3 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively.


Kevin Richert

Kevin Richert

Senior reporter and blogger Kevin Richert specializes in education politics and education policy. He has more than 30 years of experience in Idaho journalism. He is a frequent guest on "Idaho Reports" on Idaho Public Television and "Idaho Matters" on Boise State Public Radio. Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevinRichert. He can be reached at [email protected]

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