In four weeks, on November 5th, voters all over eastern Idaho will be electing or re-electing people to serve as mayor or members of the city council. For some cities, that November fifth vote probably won't be their only voting before the end of the year.
In Pocatello, four candidates are running for mayor and in one of the seats for city council five candidates vy for one seat. The rules for a runoff vary from city to city. In Pocatello, the winning candidate must garner at least 50 percent of the vote plus one. For city council the winner only needs to be the candidate with the most votes.
In Idaho Falls, things are a little different. The winning mayoral candidate and the winning candidates for city council must cross that majority threshhold; the 50 percent plus one. A runoff looks very possible in Idaho Falls as four people are trying to be the next mayor and three or four candidates are running for each of the three city council seats.
In Blackfoot, six names are on the ballot for mayor as well as a declared write-in candidate. In Blackfoot the mayor must hit the majority vote of 50 percent plus one but the city council candidates win by being the candidate with the most votes.
Not all cities require the majority thresshold. For Chubbuck and Ammon, to be the mayor or the next city council member you just have to garner the more votes than anyone else.
The county election offices have posted many of the sample ballots for cities across eastern Idaho. Below are links to the county election pages.