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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Idaho Primary Election: Process Finalized

Editor's Note - Summary: To vote in the Primary Election this year you must personally request an absentee ballot by no later than May 19th.  You must submit your completed ballot by no later than June 2.  You must request a ballot either online at www.idahovotes.gov or by contacting Lynn at the Benewah Courthouse - lragan@benewahcounty.org or call (208) 245-3241.  You MUST REQUEST a ballot - you will not automatically receive a ballot in the mail simply because you are registered to vote - at least not under current guidelines.

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From IdahoVotes.Gov website:

HOW CAN I VOTE IN THE MAY PRIMARY?
Given the growing health concerns related to the coronavirus, it simply is not safe to hold in-person voting. This means, there will be no physical polling locations for the May primary. If you want to vote in the primary, you must request a ballot either online through the Secretary of State’s website (idahoVotes.gov/absentee-request/) or through your county clerk. Ballots must be received by the clerk by June 2, 2020 in order to be counted.

HOW DO I REQUEST MY BALLOT?
Requesting a ballot is easy. Simply go online to the Secretary of State’s website (www.IdahoVotes.gov) to request your ballot for the May primary or contact your county clerk. You must request your ballot by May 19. In order to request a ballot, you will need to be registered to vote in Idaho. As long as you have an Idaho’s driver’s license, you can register to vote online at IdahoVotes.gov. Otherwise, you can contact your county clerk and register to vote through the mail. Make sure you are a registered voter today, so you can participate in the election by May 19.

WHEN DO I NEED TO REQUEST MY BALLOT?
If you want to vote in the May primary, you must request your ballot by May 19. In order to protect the health of Idaho’s communities and slow the spread of the coronavirus, there will be no in-person polling locations for the May primary. So, if you do not have a ballot sent to you, you will not be able to vote in this election.

DO I NEED TO DECLARE MY POLITICAL AFFILIATION TO VOTE IN THE MAY PRIMARY?
Your political affiliation will impact your ballot choices for the May primary. Idaho is a closed primary system. This means voters are only allowed to vote in the primary election of their designated political party, unless a political party allows unaffiliated voters or voters registered with a different party to participate in their primary. Democrats have chosen to open up their primary to any registered voter. To put it simply, for this election, the Democratic and non-partisan ballots are available to all registered voters; the Republican ballot is only available to registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters who choose to affiliate as a Republican.

Please note: Non-partisan ballots only contain bonds, levies, measures and non-partisan positions like Judges. They do not contain candidates from all parties.

The last day voters could change their political affiliation for the May primary was on March 13, 2020. Unaffiliated voters can change their party affiliation up to May 19, 2020.