June Civic Engagement News

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The 2022 Idaho primary election results have been finalized! The certified count shows a record number of Idahoans voted at the polls, with 328,244 Idahoans making their voices heard. This equals 32.5% of all registered voters in our state. In comparison, 264,320 Idahoans (31.98% of all registered voters) casted their ballots in the 2018 midterm primary. 

While those numbers are big, elections are won one vote at a time. In legislative district 9 seat B, the outcome of the race between Rep. Scott Scyme and Rep. Judy Boyle was determined by just 6 votes! The  difference in votes was less than 0.1%, a scenario in which Idaho law allows a recount with the cost covered by the state. The results after the 3-day recount showed the same number of votes – 4,636 to 4,630 – proving once again that our elections are safe and secure. Thank you to all those who voted! 

Getting Out The Vote This Summer

CVIEF continues to invest in growing partnerships with on-the-ground organizations that benefit from our support.! This past election cycle, we partnered with PODER of Idaho to help conduct their first-ever Get Out The Vote effort. For this summer, we’re planning a door knocking campaign with PODER of Idaho to register 500 new voters in Canyon County! If you are interested in learning how to help in this initiative, please respond to this email. 

The Importance of Voting

Inside and outside the election cycle, our work to provide voting information to our Spanish speaking communities is always a priority. Today at 6 p.m. I will be speaking via Facebook Live with local Spanish Radio personality, Yanira Corvera, on the importance of voting. Our mission to reduce barriers to the ballot box cannot be achieved unless Idahoans of all backgrounds have the information they need in order to vote.  

Join the CVI Team!

CVI is hiring for a Political Director. This is a unique role designed to build power by electing people at the state, county, and municipal levels who will enact policies and laws to protect Idaho’s public lands, clean water, air, and democracy. The Political Director is responsible for planning and executing CVI’s community organizing and mobilization strategies, electoral work, field work, digital organizing, and data management. Read the job description (and submit your application) here

P.S – Save the date! We will be holding a community event for our supporters (and newcomers) at Mad Swede Brewing on Cole Road on Wednesday, July 20th. More information to come!

In the News

2022 CVI Boards & Commissions Fellowship Graduation 

Idaho’s Black communities celebrate Juneteenth with joy, food, dance and community (Idaho Capitol Sun)

‘We deserve a voice’: Boise High student will run for district school board seat (Idaho Statesman)

After inventing tech to aid food banks, Idaho kids are finalists in U.S. STEM competition (Idaho Statesman)

Idaho’s Minidoka National Historic Site reminds us to remain vigilant against racial injustice (Idaho Capitol Sun)