Failed House
Elections, highest vote number
SUFFRAGE AND ELECTIONS – Proposes an amendment to the state constitution to provide that in all partisan primary elections and general elections, and for the election of judges, there shall be one round of voting and the person having the highest number of votes for an office shall be the winner of an election.

RS31555 / HJR004

This legislation would provide for a constitutional amendment that would keep our current form of picking the winner of an election in place. This proposal affects elections for statewide offices, elections for the legislature, partisan county elections and the elections of judges. City and local elections would not be affected by this constitutional amendment.

Legislative Council may use the following statement for the ballot explanation as to the effect of the question:

"This proposed constitutional provision will assure that Idaho's current form of choosing the winner of an election remains the standard. The winner of an election will be the candidate who received the greatest number of votes. This is how western cultures have picked election winners for 2,500 years. This constitutional amendment would ensure that the candidate who receives the greatest number of votes is the winner of an election.

Bill Events
Date Description
03/04 Introduced, read first time, referred to JRA for Printing
03/04 Reported Printed; Filed for Second Reading
03/05 Read second time; Filed for Third Reading
03/06 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day; objection
03/07 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar one legislative day
03/08 U.C. to hold place on third reading calendar until Monday, March 11, 2024
03/11 Read Third Time in Full – FAILED - 42-27-1
AYES – Alfieri, Allgood, Andrus, Barbieri, Blanksma, Boyle, Bundy, Cannon, Clow, Cornilles, Crane(12), Crane(13), Dixon(1), Durrant, Ehardt, Ehlers, Furniss, Gallagher, Handy, Hawkins, Healey, Hill(McKnight), Holtzclaw, Horman, Kingsley, Lambert, Mendive, Mitchell, Monks, Palmer, Pickett, Price, Raymond, Redman, Scott, Shepherd, Skaug, Tanner, Vander Woude, Wisniewski, Young, Mr. Speaker
NAYS – Achilles, Berch, Burns, Cheatum, Chew(Beazer), Dixon(24), Erickson, Galaviz, Gannon, Garner, Green, Lanting, Manwaring, Mathias, McCann, Mickelsen, Necochea, Nelsen, Petzke, Raybould, Roberts, Rubel, Sauter, Weber, Wheeler, Wroten, Yamamoto
Absent – Miller
Floor Sponsor - Barbieri
Filed in Office of the Chief Clerk