This is your Idaho Voters' Pamphlet containing information concerning one proposition and one advisory vote which will appear on the November 3, 1998 ballot. It contains the ballot title, the pro and con arguments and rebuttals, and the complete text of each ballot measure.
By Constitutional provision in Idaho, the people have the right to legislate independently of the Legislature. Certain people are exercising that right with proposition one. The legislature has placed the advisory vote measure on the ballot in order to seek your input.
The arguments for and against, as provided by law, are the opinions of the respective authors. The publishing of the arguments for these measures does not constitute an endorsement by the State of Idaho, nor does the State warrant the accuracy or truth of any statement made in the arguments.
Another section contains information on voter registration. Important information is included for those who are not registered to vote, or have moved recently.
Read carefully the information about the measures contained in this pamphlet. Such measures are designed specifically to give you, the electorate, the opportunity to influence the laws which regulate us all.
Take advantage of this opportunity and vote on November 3, 1998.
PETE T. CENARRUSA
Initiative enacting new Idaho Code Section 34-907B; authorizes Secretary of State to accept signed term limits pledge from congressional candidates; specifying language of term limits pledge; requiring Secretary of State to place term limits pledge information on ballots; requiring Secretary of State to place term limits pledge information in polling places; defining congressional terms of office; conferring standing upon initiative sponsors; authorizing Secretary of State to promulgate rules; and containing a severability clause.
Shall the above-entitled measure proposed by Proposition One be approved?
ADVISORY QUESTION ASKING WHETHER
BALLOT ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
Advisory question promulgated by the Idaho legislature stating that the United States Supreme Court has invalidated ballot access restrictions as they apply to members of Congress; asking whether ballot access restrictions should remain in place for state elected officials, state Legislators, county elected officials, city elected officials and school district trustees despite the fact that the same ballot access restrictions cannot apply to members of Congress.
Since the United States Supreme Court has ruled that Idaho's 1994 term limits law does not apply to members of Congress, shall term limits for state elected officials, state legislators, county elected officials, city elected officials and school district trustees remain in place?
CONTACT PERSONS FOR INITIATIVES
In Favor of Proposition One and Advisory Vote:
Citizens for Term Limits - Idaho Campaign
Donna Weaver, Chairman
1677 East Miles
Hayden Lake, Idaho 83835
Against Proposition One:
Save the Constittion Committee
George C. Detweiler, Chairman
P.O. Box 771
Twin Falls, Idaho 83303
Against Advisory Vote:
Idahoans Against Term Limits
Steve Ahrens, ID Assoc. of Commerce & Industry
Dan Chadwick, ID Assoc. of Counties
Neil Colwell, Washington Water Power
Ken Harward, Assoc. of Idaho Cities
Steve Millard, ID Hospital Association
Alan Smith, ID School Boards Association
Boise, Idaho 83701
Libertarian Party of
Reform Party of
Natural Law Party of
The Legislature approved seven proposed amendments to the Idaho Constitution to be submitted to voters on the November 1998 general election ballot:
HJR 6 -- To change the name of the Public School Fund to the Public School Permanent Endowment Fund and provide that the fund include proceeds from the sale of school lands and amounts allocated from the Public School Earnings Reserve Fund.
HJR 8 -- To change the name of the Public School Fund to the Public School Permanent Endowment Fund, provide that earnings of that fund be deposited into the Public School Earnings Reserve Fund and provide for distribution.
SJR 101 -- To delete obsolete language relating to salaries of Supreme Court justices.
SJR 102 -- To delete obsolete language relating to salaries and fees of officers of the executive department of state government.
SJR 105 -- To delete the prohibition of a person under guardianship from voting, serving as a juror or holding any civil office.
SJR 106 -- To authorize the state of Idaho to guarantee the bonds of school districts.
SJR 107 -- To clarify limits on state debt and liabilities, provide for publication of intent to create state indebtedness and except from the definition of debt ordinary operating expenses that will be repaid during the fiscal year.
An Idaho Voter Must Be:
Where and When to Register:
Applicants may register before an election with the county clerk up to 25 days before an election. This deadline shall also apply to any registrars the county clerk may have appointed.
Any elector may register by mail. Any mail registration application must be received by the county clerk not later than 25 days preceding any election provided that any mail registration application postmarked not later than 25 days prior to an election shall be deemed timely.
An individual who is eligible to vote may register on election day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which the individual maintains residence, by completing a registration card, making an oath in the form prescribed by the secretary of state and providing proof of residence. All documents used in providing proof of residence shall be accompanied with a photo I.D. Only the following documents showing the registrant's current address in the precinct are authorized:
Students may also use:
A person may request absentee registration by writing to the county clerk. Absentee registration will be accepted if received by the county clerk not later than 25 days preceding any election provided that any mail registration application postmarked not later than 25 days prior to an election shall be deemed timely.
Reregistration - When Required:
Reregistration is required if the voter has failed to vote at least once at a primary or general election during the four years following registration, and the county clerk has consequently canceled the registration, or if the voter moves or changes their name.
A polling place is selected for each election precinct by the Board of County Commissioners. Election notices are published in local newspapers naming the polling place for each election precinct, date of election, and the hours during which the polls will be open. County clerks also have this information. Every effort has been made to provide handicapped voters with polling place accessibility, or when requested, absentee ballots.
Any registered voter may make application in writing to the county clerk to receive an absentee ballot. Applications are available from Clerk's office or a written request with the required information (name of elector, residence address in Idaho and mailing address to which ballot is to be forwarded).
The application shall be signed personally by the applicant and be filed with the county clerk not later than 5:00 P.M. on the day before the election.
The absentee ballot may be delivered to the absent elector in the office of the county clerk, by postage prepaid mail or by other appropriate means.
For further information contact your county
clerk's office or the secretary of state's office in Boise:
TTY-TDD (208) 334-2366