It's my first election outside the media!
But as a new junkie for life, I thought I'd compile a roundup of Idaho election coverage.
- The Statesman's voter guide is excellent. It's a little wonky on desktop - but it is detailed and information-packed. They have a "build a ballot" feature -- on the voter guide side. Punch in your address and bone up on issues (HJR5 anyone?)
- KTVB has also produced a voter guide, though it does not feature detailed candidate answers like the one from the Statesman. You can find it here.
- KBOI is on the voter guide train as well. Its effort mostly relies on Associated Press capsules or links - but it does have video features on the house and senate races.
- The Idaho Press Tribune's effort is 2C-focused as you might guess, but has material from most house & senate candidates in Canyon County and is a great source for voters there.
Going up stream
- KTVB has teamed up with Facebook for the social giant's #50states initiative. One TV station in each state will produce a live broadcast for the platform. KTVB says it plans to go live from Cathedral of the Rockies with Sen. Jim Risch at 3:30pm for 15 minutes. Everyone's pal Dr. Jim Weatherby will provide analysis. This is a neat idea by Facebook to basically stream for 12.5 hours across all 50 states in 15 minute chunks.
- Idaho Public Television is going to be streaming coverage from its Idaho Reports team throughout the evening. Host Melissa Davlin says they will cut in to PBS News Hour coverage for a bit, but the coverage will be sustained on IdahoPTV.org. Davlin says it will be the "nerdiest show in town." This is the only announced night-long stream. I'll update if another outlet shares similar plans. The nerdfest starts at 8pm and will also stream on YouTube.
- I'm going to guess the stations will be Facebook Live'ing - but no firm plans announced that I've seen.
Get a result
- KTVB pioneered local election results online and on mobile starting in the late 1990s. It has long produced the most robust online election results by combing data from Associated Press with an in-house research team. I believe you will find the results here, as well as on its mobile app.
- KBOI also usually has strong election results across the state on its website. Those should live here.
- You can find KIVI's election results on this page (scroll down a bit).
- UPDATE: The Idaho Statesman has retooled its online results interface - it's pretty good. You can see it here.
- Idaho Ed News' Kevin Richert just ran an actual marathon - maybe to get ready for a marathon election night (zing!). The education-focused independent site usually has good election coverage, which you should be able to find here.
The TV machine
- KBOI 2, KIVI 6, KTVB 7 and KAID 4 (Idaho PTV) will start national election coverage at 5pm MST. The stations typically produce local cut-ins each half hour (for instance, at :25 and :55 past). Each of the commercial stations has a :30 or :35 minute newscast planned at 10pm. KAID will cut-in to PBS' coverage early in the night, per Davlin.
- KNIN 9 starts FOX coverage at 7pm MST, with its hour-long local 9 p.m. newscast.
- The Idaho Statesman has, like all McClatchy papers, dropped its paywall. That means you won't run into the pesky pay-up popup on decision day.
- The Statesman is also working to find polling place experiences - good and bad says digital guru Nate Poppino. Direct them to Sven Berg - firstname.lastname@example.org