CVI works towards fair representation by collaborating with key partners to encourage equal representation in local leadership in local and state government. CVI annually hosts a free five-month Boards & Commissions Fellowship to elevate women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, and other individuals with underrepresented identities into leadership through education, encouragement, and empowerment.
Conservation Voters for Idaho is dedicated to protecting access to the ballot box by breaking down barriers for entry for new or experienced voters, providing nonpartisan and bilingual voting resources, and defending Idahoans’ right to vote during the legislative session. Our democracy must be inclusive and and accountable to all.
CVI works year-round to register and inform new or inexperienced voters, particularly focusing on historically underrepresented demographics who have consistently lower turnout at the polls such as Idaho youth.
When you cast your ballot in each election, you are determining the direction of the future of your community. Whether it’s electing your local leaders who determine what roads to improve and parks to create, or your state officials who determine the laws that impact our lands, water, and air quality, your vote is an expression of the kind of world you want to see. Due to consistently low voter turnout in these local and state elections, every vote can make or break opportunities to protect our natural environment; it’s not uncommon for elections to come down to just a handful of votes (for example, in 2020, Commissioner Alexis Pickering was elected into the Ada County Highway District by only 4 votes.)
Here are some examples of positive changes that were made due to conservation voters participating in elections: