February Civic Engagement Update

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The freedom to choose the representative that best aligns with your values characterizes Idaho’s democracy. It is a right that has been earned through the hardships suffered by past generations, quite possibly including your very own. 

For decades, Idahoans have enjoyed the freedom to exercise their vote with same-day voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting, and minimal bureaucratic hurdles. Despite our system’s resounding success, it is rarely celebrated and often under attack; right now we’re seeing a series of alarming bills that would severely restrict these freedoms.  

TAKE ACTION: Ask your legislator to vote NO on bills that want to restrict your right to vote!

Each of these bills have emergency clauses, which means they’ll go into effect right before this spring’s primary election, where Idahoans will be voting for all 105 legislators and our next Governor. It’s up to the people of Idaho to make sure our rights are protected. Idahoans choose their representatives, not the other way around. 

Idaho Voter Restriction Bills Explained

So far, there have been at least six alarming bills moving through the legislature that would restrict your right to vote and add numerous bureaucratic hurdles to the voting process. We know it can be challenging to keep up with this whirlwind of bills, so we broke each of them down. 

In the News 

Two bills decried as ‘voter suppression’ for May primary clear House panel on party-line votes (Idaho Press)

Idaho House to consider bills making changes to voting and voter affiliation laws (Idaho Capitol Sun)

Politics and lawmaking: Committee debates what happens when they mix (Idaho Press)

Politics, lawmaking mix, as bills address May primary election (Idaho Press)