BOISE -- We're less than a day away from Idaho's May elections and all indications point to a low turnout.

Experts say that makes the votes of those who do show up that much more important. That's because these voters have a larger role in determining the future of education, facilities, and tax dollars in their areas.

KTVB political analyst Dr. Jim Weatherby says Tuesday's election will offer several interesting races.


For instance, Weatherby points to the three open spots on the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board, which makes key tourism decisions for downtown. He says the candidates are running in teams this year.

You have three open seats on a five-member board, said Weatherby. So, say one of the teams of candidates wins, indeed they could control the district.


Also generating a lot of interest is the Eagle City bond election, according to Weatherby. The measure would allow the city to buy instead of lease the its city hall building.

The City Hall has been a controversial topic for many years in Eagle, whether or not it should have been constructed, and some controversy over the financial arrangements, said Weatherby.

The bond has already been on the ballot four times, just barely missing approval last November. However, it's back because some voters got the wrong ballots, invalidating the election.

Weatherby says passing any bond is difficult, since two-thirds voter majority is needed to approve it.

In a candidate election, if you get 60 percent of the vote, it's a landslide, Weatherby said. But that's a loser when it comes to a bond election.


That should also make the bond election in Vallivue School District a tough one, as they try to raise the money for a new high school. Six other school districts are also asking for levies. These elections need only need a simple majority, and Weatherby says history is on their side.

Get the full list of May 21 elections here.

The voters, generally around the state, have responded positively and we have a lot of school districts now who are operating on these levies, Weatherby said.

However, with low voter turnout expected, Weatherby says all these elections could come down to a handful of votes.

It's very difficult to make any predictions, particularly on elections that are not general elections, and that are not partisan elections, said Weatherby. It just really depends on who gets their voters out.

Election day is Tuesday, May 21 Polls are open statewide from 8 a.m to 8 p.m.

Are you registerd to vote?Do you want help finding out where to go? Check out the Idahovotes website.

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