by Logan Finney, Idaho Reports
The Idaho Supreme Court on Wednesday approved new ballot titles for a voter initiative that would overhaul the state’s election systems, clearing the way for organizers to begin collecting signatures.
Supporters will gather Saturday at 9am in Boise’s Kristin Armstrong Park to officially kick off the drive.
“Over 100 volunteers have already signed up to attend the event and start collecting signatures. Organizers expect many more to sign up before Saturday. The Boise kickoff is one of over 30 events currently being scheduled across the state,” the campaign said in a Thursday press release.
Linda Larson said via social media that the campaign had collected 66 signatures in Legislative District 1 at a Wednesday night women’s rights symposium in Sandpoint.
“We had planned to have a table there to collect volunteer sign ups and were hoping to have the petition drop in time,” Larson told Idaho Reports over direct message.
The campaign must collect at least 62,895 total valid signatures and qualify in 18 of Idaho’s 35 legislative districts to place the initiative on the November 2024 general election ballot.
Organizers requested to extend the deadline for collecting signatures, due to the delay of their legal challenge to the original ballot titles supplied by Attorney General Raúl Labrador, but the court rejected that move. The last day to collect signatures is April 30, 2024, and they must be turned in to county clerks by the end of day on May 1.
Logan Finney | Associate Producer
Logan Finney is a North Idaho native with a passion for media production and boring government meetings. He grew up skiing, hunting and hiking in the mountains of Bonner County and has maintained a lifelong interest in the state’s geography, history and politics. Logan joined the Idaho Reports team in 2020 as a legislative session intern and stayed to cover the COVID-19 pandemic. He was hired as an associate producer in 2021 and they haven’t been able to get rid of him since.