Elections

Ada County’s 90-year-olds are voting. What’s your excuse?

Voters line up to cast their ballots Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Ada County's mobile voting trailer, stationed for the day at Blue Cross of Idaho in Meridian. The “Food Truck” voting trailer is making the rounds to help people vote early through Friday, Nov. 4.
Voters line up to cast their ballots Tuesday, Oct. 18, at Ada County's mobile voting trailer, stationed for the day at Blue Cross of Idaho in Meridian. The “Food Truck” voting trailer is making the rounds to help people vote early through Friday, Nov. 4. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

With the busiest days for early voting still ahead, Ada County already has seen nearly 52,000 people cast ballots, easily exceeding 2012’s in-person early-vote total and making it likely the county will reach its goal of at least 60,000 ballots cast before Election Day.

Through Tuesday, 34,859 people had voted in-person at one of the county’s early voting sites. The rest, nearly 17,000, represents mailed ballots received to date from the more than 27,000 ballots the county sent to requesters.

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In 2012, some 19,700 Ada voters voted early in-person and another 32,000 voted by mail.

“This will be the first election where early voting will have more people participating in person than by mail,” Deputy Chief Clerk Phil McGrane said. He said the number of people voting early in Ada could exceed total overall turnout in Canyon County, the second most populous county in the state, where 67,000 voted in 2012.

 

One of the reasons the county advocates early voting: It cuts the number of voters and length of waits at polling places on Election Day.

Ada, as of October, had 224,000 registered voters.

Other highlights as of Tuesday:

▪ Nearly 40 percent of all ballots are from unaffiliated voters, 38 percent from Republicans, 21 percent from Democrats, and less than one percent from third-party voters.

▪ Within each block, Democrats had the highest turnout, with nearly 33 percent of those registered already voting; 23 percent of registered Republicans have voted; and 20 percent of unaffiliated voters.

▪ Voters age 50 to 74 represent the largest segment of early voters, nearly 6 out of 10. Nearly 3 of 10 were in their 60s. So far, 112 voters age 95 to 99 have voted.

▪ 43 percent of early voters are women, 35 percent men, and 22 percent not specified.

McGrane said the last four days of early voting typically show “a pretty steady uptick.”

“We’ve had long lines on the last day of early voting and we’re kind of bracing for that,” he said. “If they keep up the way they are, it should make a noticeable difference on Election Day.”

In-person early voting ends at 5 p.m. Friday. Mail-in ballots must be returned by mail or in person by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Bill Dentzer: 208-377-6438, @IDSBillD

 

ADA COUNTY EARLY VOTING THROUGH NOV. 1

Party

Const

Dem

Lib

Rep

Unaffiliated

Totals

Total registered

496

33,764

1,777

86,317

102,003

224,357

Voted through 11/1

68

11,041

254

19,844

20,600

51,807

Pct / party

13.7%

32.7%

14.3%

23.0%

20.2%

23.1%

Pct / early vote

0.1%

21.3%

0.5%

38.3%

39.8%

100.0%

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