Idaho Democratic Party asked judge to keep two precincts open late, request denied


The Idaho Democratic Party asked a judge to keep two precincts in Ada County open a little longer due to high voter turnout.

Election and party officials were still waiting a judge's decision Tuesday evening as polls across Idaho were preparing to officially close.

Elections officials in several counties reported higher than average voter turnout, particularly among Democratic voters. Some polling locations requested extra Democratic ballots to keep from running out.

Shelby Scott, the Democratic Party's political director, says they expect to hear the judge's decision soon.

Scott says they're asking for the polls to stay open until 9:30 or 10 p.m. MST.


An Idaho judge has denied an Idaho Democratic Party's request to extend polling hours for two precincts in Ada County, the state's most populous region.

Shelby Scott, the party's political director, said Tuesday that the judge ruled the party didn't provide enough sufficient evidence to justify keeping the polls open longer.

The party had requested the extension due to high voter turnout and numerous reports of low Democratic ballots across the region.

Polls are officially closed in Idaho.

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