New website will ease election confusion for Canyon County voters

New website will ease election confusion for Canyon County voters

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by Andrea Lutz

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Posted on November 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 11:37 PM

CANYON COUNTY -- A new online tool will help voters be better prepared when heading to the polls next Tuesday.

Canyon County Chief Deputy Clerk Brad Jackson showed KTVB Friday, just how easy the new voter lookup website is to use.

“We wanted to help our voters so that was our focus,” Jackson said.

The page is brand new for this November election, and Jackson said a good reason why is because Canyon County is a complicated place to vote.

“We have four highway districts to Ada County's one, we have 12 school districts to their four,” explained Jackson.

The county also has 10 fire districts and 10 cemetery districts.

“Makes for a very complicated set of boundaries which don’t coincide with precinct boundaries,” he said.

So to simplify things, Jackson is hoping voters will visit this page before hitting the polls. 

The website can be found here and once on the page the voter should find the “Voter Lookup” link. The voter will then enter in their address and a list of what districts the address falls under will be shown. There will also be a column on the far right that attaches a sample ballot for the current election.

If a district appears with a “NW” in the right column, then there is not an election at that time.

He said it will smooth out the process for poll workers and well as voters.

“Now you can do that with very few key strokes and a lot less time and probably with greater accuracy,” he said.

Poll workers will also be using a laptop to help at polling places, because according to Jackson in years past, poll workers would have to use several maps to identify which districts a resident was in. The appropriate ballot was then given out, which took more time to do. 

Jackson said over 20,000 people live in “unincorporated” Canyon County and those residents will surely want to check the website before heading to their polls.

Those residents may save themselves a trip if there are no November elections happening for their districts.
 

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