McGeachin task force member faces election charge

A member of Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s education task force is facing a campaign trail felony charge in Kootenai County.

Laura Van Voorhees speaks at the first meeting of Lieutenant Governor Janice McGeachin’s Education Task Force in May.

the Coeur d’Alene Press reported Tuesday on the complaint against Laura Van Voorhees, arising from her conduct as scrutineer in November.

Van Voorhees, of Hayden, is accused of giving a voter a card containing information on critical race theory. Idaho’s code prohibits any campaigning within 100 feet of a polling station, including the circulation of “cards or flyers of any kind”.

Critical race theory was a talking point in many November school elections, including hotly contested races in Kootenai County and other corners of Idaho. It was also a focal point last summer, as McGeachin’s task force searched for evidence of leftist indoctrination in K-12 schools, colleges and universities.

During the task force’s first meeting in May, Van Voorhees described a rift with her daughter, blaming it in part on the Critical Race Theory program at the California college her daughter attended. “We are in a Marxist takeover, a communist takeover (in) this country. And this is a manifestation of it on our face. It is in our homes.

Campaigning is punishable by a maximum fine of $1,000.

The Kootenai County District Attorney’s Office filed a criminal complaint against Van Voorhees on Jan. 12, news reported. The case is due to go to trial in May.

Kevin Richert

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