New process for voter identification
by Daniel Moore
Press staff writer
City council elections in American Falls and Rockland will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The American Falls election is the only contested election. Five candidates will be running for three seats; the top three vote getters will occupy the seats.
Also, because of the resignation of council member Norman Wright to fill a seat on the Power County Commission, American Falls Mayor Marc Beitia will appoint the fourth highest vote getter to the open seat.
For the first time, registered voters will have to sign an affidavit stating that they are who they are, or present photo identification at the polls. Lying on the affidavit would be considered a felony. Those registering at the polls will need to have photo identification and proof of address.
Polling places will be the same as in other elections and will be open from 8 a..m. to 8 p.m. Those polls will be located at: Power County Precinct #1 – Power County EMS Building, 560 North Oregon Trail, American Falls; Power County Precinct #2 – American Falls Library, 308 Roosevelt Street, American Falls; and Power County Precinct #3 – Power County Courthouse Annex, 500 Pocatello Avenue, American Falls. In the City of Rockland, the polling place is Power County Precinct #4 – Rockland City Hall, 135 South Main Street, Rockland.
Today, Wednesday Oct. 30, is the last day to request an absentee ballot by mail, by 5 p.m. The last day to absentee vote “in-person” at the Power County Courthouse is Friday, Nov. 1, by 5 p.m.
All absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5.
The five people running for city council seats in American Falls are Dan Hammond, Gilbert Hofmeister, Susan Love, Maria Rangel and Kurtis Workman. Information gathered by The Press in the form of a questionnaire is available inside this week’s Press. Sample ballots are also available in the legal section of this week’s Press.
American Falls Mayor Marc Beitia is also up for reelection in an uncontested race. Rockland city council candidates Brian Woodworth, Austin Turley, Joe Jones and Vern Nelson are up for reelection in uncontested races.