Election live blog (updated, 11:46 p.m.)

11:46 p.m. Two years ago, Gary Smith lost a Star City Council election by one vote. Now, it appears he has narrowly won a council seat.

Smith received 514 votes, a 51 percent majority, to incumbent Dustin Christopherson's 493 votes.

11:29 p.m. Cliffhanger of the night: Challenger Bob Henry has passed Nampa City Council incumbent Martin Thorne -- but leads by only seven votes.

With three of 19 Nampa precincts reporting, Henry has 626 votes to Thorne's 619.

11:03 p.m. With nine of 81 precincts reporting, the Boise's City Council's big winner so far is Vern Bisterfeldt.

The longtime public official, apparently on his way to an easy re-election, told 670 KBOI that he would likely retire after that third council term.

The new numbers narrowed slightly. Here are the numbers:
Seat #2
Vern Bisterfeldt: 2,927, 75.7%
Dan Dunham: 614, 15.9%
David Honey 327, 8.4%

Seat #4
TJ Thomson: 2,493, 62.4%
Dave Litster 1,502, 37.6%

Seat #6
Maryanne Jordan: 2,587, 66.3%
Lucas Baumbach: 782, 20.0%
David Webb: 532, 13.6%

10:46 p.m. The Canyon County jail bond continues to fall short of the required two-thirds majority. The $46 million bond has 57 percent support, with 11 of 53 precincts reporting.

10:32 p.m. The race of the night could be unfolding in Nampa, where only 15 votes separate City Council incumbent Martin Thorne and former Nampa School Board member Bob Henry.

With one of 19 precincts reporting, plus absentee ballots, Thorne has 411 votes to Henry's 396 votes.

10:19 p.m. The $46 million Canyon County jail bond sits below the two-thirds majority needed to pass.

With seven of 53 precincts reporting, the bond issue has 56 percent support. None of the Nampa precincts are reporting.

10:07 p.m. New numbers in the Boise City Council show incumbents Vern Bisterfeldt and Maryanne Jordan and TJ Thomson leading with more than 70 percent of the early vote.

With one of 81 precincts reporting, Bisterfeldt has a 76.7 percent majority, Jordan at 72.9 percent, and Thomson at 70.5 percent.

9:57 p.m. Star's $6 million bond issue for a golf course and swimming pool lost overwhelmingly Tuesday night.

About 70 percent of voters opposed the bond issue, which required a two-thirds vote to pass, Mayor Nate Mitchell told 670 KBOI radio moments ago.

Mitchell said the city will continue looking for other community recreational options. "I don't see us bringing up this question again ... in the near future."

About 35 percent of registered voters turned out at the polls, Mitchell said.

9:32 p.m. Updated numbers on Canyon County jail bond:

Yes: 813 (59.4 percent); No: 555 (40.6 percent).

A two-thirds majority is needed for passage.

Only two of 53 precincts reporting: absentee ballots and one Caldwell precinct.

9:15 p.m. Incumbents are winning in Canyon County, and a $46 million jail bond is short of a needed two-thirds majority.

Here are the early numbers from Canyon County:

CALDWELL MAYOR
GARRET L. NANCOLAS 290 73.79
HELMUT MARTINEZ KOHLER 102 25.95

CALDWELL CITY COUNCIL
JAMES R. DAKAN 222 58.58
VINCENT J. SANCHEZ 157 41.42

DENNIS CALLSEN 217 58.18
MARLENE BOUCHER 156 41.82

ROB HOPPER 204 53.68
KAREN J. ALLDREDGE 176 46.32

NAMPA MAYOR
TOM DALE 334 70.61
BRADLEY GENE BLAMIRES 82 17.34
JIM DORSEY 46 9.73
MELISSA SUE ROBINSON 11 2.33

NAMPA CITY COUNCIL
MARTIN THORNE 228 51.01
BOB HENRY 218 48.77

PAM WHITE 328 75.93
MARK LLOYD STEVENS 103 23.84

JAIL BOND (2/3 majority needed for passage)
YES 645 60.62
NO 419 39.38

8:39 p.m. Welcome to the election night live blog. I will update as the night goes on, and look forward to your reactions.

The early numbers -- Boise City Council absentee ballots -- give a big early lead to incumbents Vern Bisterfeldt and Maryanne Jordan, and newcomer TJ Thomson.

City Council Seat 2

Vernon L. Bisterfeldt (incumbent) 1,720 80.56%

Daniel L. Dunham 279 13.07%

David Honey 136 6.37%

City Council Seat 4

David S. Litster 591 27.05%

TJ Thomson 1,594 72.95%

City Council Seat 6

Lucas Baumbach 308 14.23%

Maryanne Jordan (incumbent) 1,626 75.10%

David Webb 231 10.67%

turn-out

Hi - do you have an idea what % of voters turned out today?

Too early to say ...

and it's surely going to vary widely from city to city.

Kevin Richert
editorial page editor

The turnout was PATHETIC, judging from your latest data and KTVB

At least my parents made a concerted effort to get back home and vote today.

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Whiners

OK all you people that whine day in and day out about what happens in our city, shut the H*ll up for the next two years. Most of you are too lazy to vote, but you can cry about everything all day, every day in these forums.

Why are YOU crying? You have a Corvette, no?

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Endorsements?

How are the Statesmen endorsements doing? Looks like you were on target in Boise.

Breckenridge

Breckenridge voted overwhelmingly to legalize pot. Must Ketchum follow to be competitive?

Time

Hey your clock hasnt' been reset

Star election

Any word on the Star City Council election results?

If this was such a big election, where are the comments?

This may be worse than the actual turnout percentages.

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