Ada County headed for early voting record

Last week, Ada County voters turned out in twice the numbers as during the same period during the 2012 general election.

More than 2,000 voters a day filled out their ballots and turned them in, compared with 900 per day four years ago, Ada County spokeswoman Kate McGwire said.

Altogether, 11,533 voters cast ballots between last Monday and Friday, she said.

Through Nov. 4, Ada County residents can cast their ballots at four different locations: city halls in Boise and Meridian, at the Eagle Senior Center at 312 E. State St. and the Ada County Elections Office at 400 Benjamin Lane.

All but the Ada County location are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Benjamin Street office is open those same days, but from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Ada County also offers a mobile voting van that appears at different locations. It is at the Albertsons store in Kuna Thursday and at Boise State University Friday. From Oct. 31 to Nov. 4, the voting “food truck” will be parked at 8th and Bannock in Downtown Boise.

Residents can register to vote up to and including Election Day, Nov. 8. Elections officials recommend the four standard locations rather than the mobile van to register, where lines move more quickly because they have more employees at that site. The lines are especially quick at the Eagle Senior Center and Boise City Hall, McGwire said.

Friday at 5 p.m. is the deadline to request an absentee ballot. It takes the elections office about seven days to process and assemble those ballots for mailing.

So far, more than 24,000 absentee ballots have been mailed out.

Ballots must be returned to the Ada County Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

John Sowell: 208-377-6423, @IDS_Sowell