With a crowded race, public speculation of a potential run-off was high in the weeks leading up to Boise's mayoral vote. Out of the seven total candidates, the two receiving the highest vote percentage will face off in a Tuesday, Dec. 3, race.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter and City Council President Lauren McLean will fight for Boise's top office after neither received enough of the vote on Nov. 5 to claim the city's top spot. McLean, whom Bieter appointed to Boise City Council in 2011, was the top vote-getter at 45.7%, while incumbent Bieter received 30.3%. Turnout was slightly higher in this off-year election, with a total of 83,834 people, or 33.4% of the total electorate, turning out to vote, Ada County Elections Communications Manager Chelsea Carattini told Boise Weekly.
Voting in the run-off is largely the same as any other election, and most information voters need to know is found on the Ada County Elections website.
"The run-off is scheduled for Dec. 3, and that's the date the city agreed on in advance," Carattini said. "We're going to have early voting the week of the 18th through the 29th."
Due to Thanksgiving, early voting will not be available on Thursday, Nov. 28, nor over the following weekend, she said. The locations for early voting are set for Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd., and Ada County Elections, 400 N. Benjamin Lane.
Carattini said that people can still request absentee ballots on the Ada County Elections website. Additionally, Boiseans can double check the location of their polling place on the website.
In Boise, the only election going to a recount is the mayoral election, but in Caldwell, a run-off is set for the Caldwell City Council between incumbent John McGee and newcomer Evangeline Beechler. McGee contested the run-off initially, but told the Idaho Press that he will abide by the rules set out by the city.
McGee is a former state senator who resigned from his post in 2012 after he was accused of sexual harassment by a female staffer.