Ada County: Vote early on Saturday

newsroom@idahostatesman.comMay 8, 2014 

Ada County is offering early voting from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at its elections office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane.

Early voting continues through May 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Benjamin location.

Canyon County early voting takes place through May 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays at the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell.

All voters will be asked to show photo ID or sign an affidavit attesting to their identification.

Not registered to vote? You may register during early voting or on Election Day at your polling site.

More details about the May 20 primary election:

Vote by mail/absentee: Registered voters may request an absentee ballot until 5 p.m. May 14. Absentee ballot request forms are available at www.idahovotes.gov. You also may request an absentee ballot in person or in writing from your county clerk’s office. Written requests must list your complete name and address and the address you want it mailed to, and it must be signed by you.

Closed GOP primary: This will be Idaho’s second closed Republican primary election. Because of the Republicans’ new rule, only those who affiliate Republican may select the Republican ballot. Because the Democrats’ primary is open, a voter of any affiliation may select a Democratic ballot.

The deadline to change your party affiliation was March 14. New or unaffiliated voters may still declare themselves Republicans during early voting or on Election Day. Also, anyone who must register again because of a name or address change may change party affiliation then.

In the closed primary voters must select one of three ballots: Republican, Democratic or nonpartisan. Once the poll worker hands you a ballot, you may not change your mind.

People who are affiliated Republican may select any of the three ballots.

People who are affiliated with the Constitution, Democratic or Libertarian parties may select the Democratic or nonpartisan ballot.

Unaffiliated voters may select the Democratic or the nonpartisan ballot.

You need to know: The nonpartisan ballot contains only judicial races and a few special district bonds or levies.

In the November general election, every voter will receive the same ballot, so affiliations won’t matter.

If you decide not to vote in the primary, you will not have to register again in November.

Check out the Idaho Statesman 2014 Treasure Valley Voters Guide to find out what is on the ballot, learn more about the candidates, locate your polling place and other information.

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