IRRIGATION AND DRAINAGE — WATER RIGHTS AND RECLAMATION
GROUND WATER DISTRICTS
42-5210. Qualifications of voters for district elections. (1) Any ground water irrigator, and any nonirrigator who is a member for all purposes, within the proposed district shall be entitled to vote at any election held under the provisions of this chapter. The production of documentation of a water right as described in section 42-5201(16), Idaho Code, shall be sufficient evidence of ground water use for purposes of acting as an elector under this chapter. A representative of a ground water user shall be so designated by written proxy signed by the ground water user except that the vote of a state, city or county government may be cast by an elected or appointed official of the agency, or his designee. A corporation or partnership shall vote or otherwise act by a single individual who is authorized by the corporation or partnership to act on its behalf. A corporation or partnership must furnish the election officials a written designation stating the name of the individual who is authorized to vote and otherwise act for the corporation or partnership.
(2) Any ground water user who becomes a member of a district solely for mitigation purposes:
(a) Shall be entitled to vote only in those district elections concerning whether to incur indebtedness as specified in section 42-5234, Idaho Code; and
(b) Shall be ineligible to nominate directors or officers of the district, to serve in such capacities, or otherwise to participate in the governance of the district.
(3) A nonirrigator may participate in the election to determine whether a district will be formed only according to the following provisions:
(a) The nonirrigator shall notify the judges of election in writing at least ten (10) working days prior to the date of the election that such person supports the formation of the district, elects to become either a member for all purposes, or a member only for mitigation purposes as described in section 42-5214, Idaho Code, should it be formed, and, by such notice, casts its vote(s) in favor of formation.
(b) The notification shall contain a legal description of the land through which the nonirrigator places ground waters to beneficial use, a statement of the amount of such person’s ground water right in cubic feet per second of diversions, and a copy of the ground water right documentation described in section 42-5201(16), Idaho Code.
(c) Once the judges of election have accepted the notification described in subsection (3)(b) of this section, they shall duly record the nonirrigator’s vote(s) in favor of district formation in the canvassing of votes carried out pursuant to section 42-5213, Idaho Code.
(d) If the voting results in the formation of the district, the nonirrigator who provided such notification thereafter shall be a full member or member for mitigation purposes of such district, whichever the case may be, and shall have all obligations, rights, and limitations attaching thereto.
(4) Each ground water user shall have one (1) vote for each cubic foot per second, or proportion thereof (rounded to the nearest tenth of a cubic foot per second), for which such ground water user holds a ground water right whose point of diversion is within the proposed district boundaries.
[42-5210, added 1995, ch. 290, sec. 1, p. 988; am. 1996, ch. 298, sec. 4, p. 981; am. 2005, ch. 367, sec. 2, p. 1157.]