Boise City Clerk's Office Invites Ballot Initiative Arguments

July 12, 2019

The Boise City Clerk’s Office invites City of Boise residents to submit arguments in support of or in opposition to two proposed City ballot initiatives:

The arguments received will be considered for inclusion in the Voters’ Information Pamphlet. The Voters’ Information Pamphlet will include the full text of the proposed initiatives as well as the arguments and rebuttals for and against such measures. The Boise City Clerk will mail the Voters’ Information Pamphlet to every household within the City’s limits.

While not required by law, the Boise City Clerk’s Office invited Boise Working Together and Protect Our Libraries – two organizations actively working with citizens on both initiatives – to provide their arguments on the two ballot initiatives. The Boise City Clerk’s Office would like to extend the invite to all interested Boise residents as well.

Requirements for submitting arguments in support of or in opposition to the proposed ballot initiatives include:

  • Arguments cannot exceed 500 words in length.
  • Arguments must be accompanied by a name and address of the person (or persons) submitting the argument.
  • If an argument is being submitted on behalf of an organization, the names and addresses of at least two principal officers of the organization must be included.
  • All arguments must be submitted to the Boise City Clerk’s Office by 5 p.m. on Monday, July 22.
  • Arguments may be hand delivered to the Boise City Clerk’s Office (150 N. Capitol Blvd) or emailed to: cityclerk@cityofboise.org

“Once we receive all arguments, we will review the submitted arguments and choose one argument in support of the library facilities projects and one in support of the stadium facility projects, as well as one in opposition of the library facilities projects and one in opposition of the stadium facility projects,” said Lynda Lowry, Department of Finance and Administration Director and ex-officio Boise City Clerk.

If multiple arguments are submitted, state law gives priority to arguments written by the proponent of the initiative with subsequent priority going to bona fide citizen associations and then to individual voters. Each selected argument will then be included in the City of Boise Voters’ Information Pamphlet in accordance with Idaho Code Sections 34-1812A and 34-1812C.

After the argument in support of and in opposition to each of the two initiatives are chosen, the selected authors of the arguments will be able to submit rebuttal arguments as set forth in Idaho Code § 34-1812B.

Requirements for rebuttal arguments include:

  • Rebuttals cannot exceed 250 words.
  • Rebuttals must be submitted to the Boise City Clerk’s Office no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 1.
  • Rebuttals may be hand delivered to the Boise City Clerk’s Office (150 N. Capitol Blvd) or emailed to: cityclerk@cityofboise.org

More information on both initiatives can be found online at: www.cityofboise.org/initiative-information

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