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Election idiosyncrasies

November 10, 2011

BLACKFOOT — Three cities in Idaho have an ordinance that requires council members to be elected by 50 percent plus one vote. These three cities are Blackfoot, Hailey and Idaho Falls.
Eight cities in Idaho require mayors to be elected by at least 50 percent plus one vote. These eight cities are American Falls, Blackfoot, Boise, Eagle, Idaho Falls, Mountain Home, Pocatello and Spirit Lake.
The ordinance is not recommended by the Association of Cities. If a city adopts this ordinance and a runoff election is necessary, the runoff election is paid for by the city.
The county will run the runoff election. The city pays for it, including the time of the poll workers and the county workers.
By law, a runoff election must be set within 30 calendar days of the election. The date set for the runoff election in Blackfoot is from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 6. Electors will go to their regular polling places within the city limits of Blackfoot.

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