Election? What Election? Early Voting Begins In Ada County Monday

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Officials at the Ada County Board of Elections will be staffing early voting beginning Monday morning, to which voters may say, "What election?"

The little-discussed but very important election for two open seats on the Greater Boise Auditorium District Board begins with early voting Monday and continues through Friday, May 17, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Early voting will also take place Saturday, May 11, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Ada County Elections Office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane. Absentee ballots may be requested until Wednesday, May 15, at 5 p.m.

Otherwise, traditional voting will take place Tuesday, May 21.

Millions of dollars flow into GBAD each year. The district is unique in that is is among the select few Idaho entities that can exercise taxing authority (a 5 percent hotel room levy). GBAD owns and operates the Boise Centre and a five-acre vacant block bordered by Front, Myrtle, 11th and 13th streets. More importantly, GBAD is sitting on nearly $10 million in tax and fee receipts and has the potential to borrow millions more for any one or a series of hoped-for projects, including a new convention/meeting facility, multi-use sports stadium or entertainment complex.

Running for a two-year term on the GBAD board are incumbent Peter Oliver and challenger George Tway.

Running for two six-year terms on the GBAD board are incumbents Stephanie Astorquia and Rob Perez, and challengers Noah Bard, Steve Berch, John May and Jim Walker.

In Ada County, elections are also being held for seats on the Meridian, Kuna and Melba School districts' boards of trustees and the Eagle and West Boise sewer districts.