Election day, student instruction
ELECTIONS – Amends existing law to provide that no in-person student instruction shall take place on certain election days.

RS30139C1 / H0111

The purpose of this legislation is to ensure student safety and provide for adequate polling locations for the purpose of voting on election days. Presently, schools are the most common polling location used in Idaho. Schools are needed to provide adequate and accessible polling locations within residential communities throughout the State. Increasing concerns about student safety have been raised due to having both students and voters, who would not typically be at a school, using the facility at the same time. This legislation addresses both the need for schools to be used as polling locations and addresses the student safety concerns by removing students during voting, but still allowing virtual student instruction and allowing school facilities to be used by the school districts for other purposes. There is a delayed effective date to ensure adequate time to adjust school calendars and contracts to facilitate this change.

There are no fiscal impacts at the state or local level because schools are currently used for voting. The only change is that students will not be on campus to receive instruction on election days.

Bill Events
Date Description
02/09 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
02/10 Reported Printed and Referred to Education
02/24 Reported out of Committee with Do Pass Recommendation, Filed for Second Reading
02/27 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
02/28 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/01 Read Third Time in Full – U.C. to be returned to Education Committee