A City Divided or a City Apathetic


At first glance, the detailed returns from this month’s City Council elections show a city split east from west, generally along Cole Road. But a closer look complicates that stereotyping.

First there is Vern Bisterfeldt, who fended off two opponents, winning every precinct in the city, all 81 of them. Vern transcends Cole Road.

Then there is Maryanne Jordan, who lost only one precinct, 27—in far west Boise south of Eagle and McMillan roads—to Lucas Baumbach, 106 to 92, with David Webb pulling in 41 votes there.

So Jordan also managed to win supposed “conservative” and "liberal" votes on both sides of Cole.

So why does the TJ Thomson-David Litster map below appear so divided? Well Thomson and Litster did the most outreach to voters and got the most press, and we can see roughly where they likely spent most of their time on the map below. But their impressions of city politics probably align with their personal politics to some degree, so the east-west divide represents more than mere electioneering, as we have seen in recent legislative and other contests.

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Precincts that went for Thomson appear in green, Litster precincts are orange. Click through to see vote totals in each precinct. Details on the map are in the more geeky post below.

One other factor complicates the picture: so few of ya’all voted, that it makes it hard to draw too many conclusions.