- Voting timeline
Now- May 17: Early voting at the Ada County Elections Office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays
May 15.: Last day to request absentee ballot from elections office
May 21: School board election and special election for City Council expansion. Meridian residents will vote yes or no to the question: “Shall the Meridian City Council expand from four elected City Council seats to six?” Absentee ballots must have been mailed back to the elections office or turned in by hand by 8 p.m.
- Where to vote
Cast your ballot at your regular polling location. Not sure where that is? Visit www.idahovotes.gov or call Ada County Elections at 287-6860. For early or absentee voting, the elections office is located at 44 Benjamin Lane, Boise, ID 83704.
Posted: Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am
Meridian residents will decide May 21 if they’d like to expand City Council from four to six members.
“As many similarly-sized cities across the state have six members, we thought it was timely to look at, does our community desire an increased number here as well,” Mayor Tammy de Weerd said Feb. 19, when City Council voted unanimously to put the question to public vote.
Caldwell and Boise both have six members, and Nampa will vote May 21 on the expansion of its City Council from four to six members.
The responsibilities of a council member include attending meetings on the first four Tuesdays each month, setting city policy, participating on other boards or associations and representing the city at events.
But the workload is not why Meridian Council members want to put the issue to public vote.
“It’s not because we’re overworked,” Council member Charlie Rountree said Feb. 19. “... It’s simply an opportunity for the citizens of Meridian to tell us what they think and how they want to be governed.”
If citizens approve the expansion, two new City Council members will be voted in Nov. 5 — one to a four-year term and one to a two-year term.
Council Chair Brad Hoaglun, serving his first term, and Council member Keith Bird, in his fourth term, are up for re-election in November.
Friday, May 10, 2013 12:00 am.
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