Judge rules on Idaho Democrats' lawsuit to extend voting hours at 5 precincts
Kelly Greene McConnell, serving as lead counsel for the Idaho State Democratic Party along with co-counsel, Sam Dotters-Katz of Marcus, Christian, Hardee & Davies, LLP, filed an emergency injunction to extend voting hours in the 2016 Presidential Election for five Boise precincts whose polling places had been relocated with very little notice to voters. Numerous voters for these five precincts appeared on Election Day at their previous voting locations, and there was confusion about where they were supposed to cast their votes. Kelly argued, in front of U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, that the late notice relating to the change of location of these polls could violate voters’ constitutional rights to vote if they were unable to find the new polling place, or if they were unable to get to the new location before the polls closed.
Judge Winmill ruled in favor of the Idaho State Democratic Party and ordered that those five precincts stay open an additional hour and that Ada County place signs at the former locations of the precincts indicating where the polls had been moved. He also ordered that television and radio stations, as well as public media, announce the changes to ensure voters could locate the new polling places before the voting deadline ended.