Skip the lines: Early voting in Ada, Canyon counties starts Monday

Idaho, you can register to vote online now. Here’s how.

This PSA video gives a 30-second summary of Idaho's new option for online voter registration.
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This PSA video gives a 30-second summary of Idaho's new option for online voter registration.

Idaho's Republican and Democratic primary elections are Tuesday, May 15.

But, if you need to get your vote in early or if you are keen on avoiding lines on Election Day, you don't have to wait. Absentee vote-by-mail is already available, and in-person early voting in Ada and Canyon counties starts Monday.

Researching who's on the ballot is simple: Visit the Idaho Statesman's spring voter guide at this link.

Here's a primer on primary voting:


Vote by mail/absentee: Registered voters may request an absentee ballot until 5 p.m. May 4. Absentee ballot request forms are available at www.idahovotes.gov. Absentee ballots must be returned to county clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. May 15.

Ada County early voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays April 30 through May 11, as well as Saturday, May 5. Voting is at the following locations: Ada County elections office, 400 N. Benjamin Lane, Boise; Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.; and Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

In addition, look for Ada County’s mobile voting trailer to set up from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:

April 30: Alberstons, 700 E. Avalon St., Kuna

May 1: Eagle City Hall, 560 E. State St.

May 2: Star Library, 10706 W. State St.

May 3: State of Idaho Chinden campus, building 1, 11311 W. Chinden Blvd., Boise

May 4: Teed Elementary School, 441 E. Porter St., Kuna

May 7: Garden City Library, 6015 N. Glenwood St.

May 8: Micron, building 17C, 8000 S. Federal Way, Boise

May 9: Star Library, 10706 W. State St.

May 10: Kuna City Hall, 751 W. 4th St.

May 11: Albertsons, 250 S. Eagle Road, Eagle.

Canyon County early voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays April 30 through May 11 at the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St., Caldwell.

For early voting information in other counties, contact your county elections office.


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.

Only people officially affiliated with the Republican Party may select the Republican primary ballot. The Democrats’ primary is open in this state, and a voter of any affiliation may select a Democratic ballot.

The nonpartisan ballot contains only judicial races, and any special district bonds or levies.

The deadline to change your party affiliation was March 9. 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.

Not registered to vote? You may register in-person during early voting or on Election Day at your polling site. If you have an Idaho driver’s license or Idaho identification card, you can register online.

Don't know if you are registered to vote? Find out online, or call Ada County Elections at 208-287-6860 or Canyon County Elections at 208-454-7562


Two congressional offices, all statewide offices and legislative seats, and the following county offices: commissioners districts 1 and 3, clerk, treasurer, assessor and coroner.

Find out more about statewide and Southwest Idaho candidates via the Idaho Statesman's complete voter guide.

Cynthia Sewell: (208) 377-6428, @CynthiaSewell