By Mark Barnes
In what resembled more of a mid-term election turnout in November, Kuna voters swarmed the polls and passed the supplemental levy by a larger margin than when it failed in March.
Canyon County Kuna School District voters voted against the levy 335 to 288 but those votes were overwhelmed by the Ada County votes in the school district where the levy passed 2,245 to 1,937. The levy passed 52.7% to 47.2% by a margin of 261 votes. While the voter turnout in Ada County was only 21.65%, in Kuna it was 42.76%.
Reports midday on Tuesday had Kuna voters turning out in force which resulted in some Kuna voting precincts running out of ballots. Ada County Clerk Chris Rich told the Idaho Statesman that two precincts ran out and more were almost out. Ada County Elections made 600-1000 extras and quickly got them to the polls but several voters were forced to use photocopied ballots. Voters were guaranteed that if in line by 8 p.m. when the polls were supposed to close, they would get to vote. Rich attributed the high voter turnout to the levy and because Russ Fulcher, a local boy, was on the ballot. This slowed down counting as the photocopied ballots had to be manually transferred at the elections office on to official ballots. Results for the Kuna Election were not finalized until very early Wednesday morning.
Other problems arose with voting on Tuesday. Some unaffiliated voters in Kuna and around the state wishing to vote in the Republican primary were turned away by poll workers. Apparently officials corrected the situation rather quickly. Unaffiliated voters could declare Republican and be allowed to vote for the closed Republican primary. Registered Democrats or those registered with another political party other than Republican were not allowed to vote in the closed Republican primary.
Another issue that reportedly arose in polls across the state was difficulty with some voters refusing to show ID and not wanting to sign an affidavit, another new rule that has arisen in the wave of Republican favored voter fraud identification laws passed in states across the country despite no evidence of voter fraud.