Record Turnout for 2012 Elections


EAST IDAHO – Idaho election officials predicted a large turnout at the polls this year.

Those predictions came true.

Election officials said 2012 was the second-biggest turnout in Bannock County, next to the 2008 presidential elections.

The Post Register reports more than 44,000 ballots were cast in Bonneville County, breaking the previous record of 42,376 in 2008.

In Madison County, voters had to stand in line for more than two hours to cast their vote after ballots were low and officials had to get more.

While having the option for the first time to vote for a presidential candidate who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, voters also had another reason to show up in record-breaking numbers: Propositions 1, 2 and 3.

Despite the failing of Proposition 2, teachers will still receive a bonus this month. Teachers were chosen to receive bonuses based on their students’ performance on state tests from the 2010-2011 school year.

The Idaho State Department of Education will be distributing pay-for-performance checks on Nov. 15 to school districts statewide.

Idahoans also voted to reelect both U.S. House seats held by Republicans Mike Simpson and Raul Labrador.

Both Constitutional amendments passed by a majority vote, as well.

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