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BOISE - Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest & Hawaii (PPVNH) celebrates the passage of Proposition 2 to expand Medicaid to over 62,000 Idahoans. During the 2018 midterms, PPVNH implemented a strategic electoral program to activate voters and mobilize our robust supporter base.

In Idaho, Planned Parenthood Votes Idaho PAC

  • Engaged 210 volunteers and activists
  • Knocked on 4,418 doors
  • Made 12,551 phone calls
  • To do this, we made our largest investment ever to connect with voters, spending nearly $65,000.

Statement from Mistie Tolman, Idaho State Director:

“We are excited to see the results in the midterm election and are motivated to continue our advocacy during the upcoming legislative session. In particular, the success of Proposition 2 has shown that voters want their representatives to fight for their values and freedoms.

“With an impressive grassroots movement, Idahoans took it into their own hands to make sure the 62,000 among us who fall into the Medicaid gap can have health care. We know that health care is a human right and celebrate with voters across the state and call upon the state legislature to listen to the voices of their constituents clamoring for expanded coverage and fully fund the Medicaid expansion.

“After recent attacks on reproductive rights, protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and access to affordable health care, we have seen a significant increase in people signing up to volunteer and mobilize their neighbors to vote in this election. We are proud of the electoral program our team ran with the support of activists across the state. This election shows a major shift in public opinion on accessible health care and reproductive rights, and we are encouraged to continue our advocacy moving into 2019.”

PPVNH has concentrated our energy on key races throughout the state where we can have the greatest impact electing candidates who will be champions for women and families. We also congratulate our endorsed candidates on a successful campaign, including David Nelson for Senator (5th), Steve Berch for State Representative (15th), and Muffy Davis for State Representative (26th). Along with our other endorsed candidates, we know these leaders will reflect the values of their constituents and defend them against increasing attacks from the Trump administration.

These candidates have been strong proponents of legislation that would expand access to health care, improve sex education in the state, and protect a person’s right to make decisions about their own body. We look forward to working with them on legislation that reflects their constituents’ values during the upcoming legislative session.


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