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Electors to pick city councilman on Tuesday

December 5, 2011

The Morning News — Chris Grasso, Graphic Designer All people living in Blackfoot are eligible to vote in the city's runoff election for city council seat number four on Tuesday. The Blackfoot precincts are outlined on this map.

BLACKFOOT — Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday for only Blackfoot residents. Electors are voting on Blackfoot city council seat number four. The candidates are Butch Hulse and Clair Broadhead.
Electors living in the following precincts will vote in these locations:
° Precincts 1, 2 and 3 will vote in the Mountain View Middle School.
° Precinct 4 will vote at Stalker Elementary.
° Precinct 5 will vote at Ridge Crest Elementary.
° Precinct 6 will vote at BPAC.
To be able to vote, each elector must present photo identification.
Same day registration is also available at each polling place.
For those people voting absentee, the ballots must be received at the Bingham County Clerk's office by the time polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. The clerk's office is in the Bingham County Courthouse, 501 N. Maple, Blackfoot.
Absentee ballots can be mailed or hand carried into the office.
Blackfoot is having a runoff election because of city law.
In 1989, Blackfoot had five mayoral candidates, said Blackfoot city clerk Suzanne McNeel. The top two vote getters were within 40 votes of each other. The next two votes getters were 100 votes behind.
The percentage breakdown was like 22 and 30 percent for each candidate, she said.
After that election, members of the city council decided it would be good if a majority of the residents of Blackfoot supported the mayor, McNeel said. A requirement was enacted that requires the mayoral candidate to receive a simple majority to be elected. The winning candidate needs 50 percent plus one vote to win.
In 2003, council members thought the requirement of a simple majority for election of that body was a good idea, McNeel said. A law requiring 50 percent plus one vote to win election to the city council was passed at that time.
The county runs this election. Since it's a city election, the city of Blackfoot will pay for it.
McNeel said she figures the runoff election will cost the city between $4,000 to $5,000.
The county has consolidated polling places so the cost will not be prohibitive, she said.
"About half the cost is in the budget as a line item," McNeel said. "The other half will come from other funds in the budget."

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