We’re still several weeks from Election Day, but Idahoans in several counties across the state can already start casting ballots, thanks to early voting options.
Ada County officials have long touted early voting as a way to avoid long lines on Nov. 6 or as an alternative for those who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day. Absentee ballots are already available, and in-person voting begins in Ada and Canyon counties on Monday, Oct. 15.
Visit the Statesman’s online voter guide to research the ballot.
Here’s how early voting works:
Vote by mail/absentee: Registered voters may request an absentee ballot until 5 p.m. Oct. 26. Absentee ballot request forms are available at www.idahovotes.gov. Absentee ballots must be returned to county clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. Nov. 6.
Ada County in-person early voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Oct. 15 through Nov. 2, as well as Saturdays. 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:
Oct. 15: Garden City Library, 6015 N. Glenwood St.
Oct. 16: Albertsons, 700 E. Avalan St., Kuna
Oct. 17: Eagle Library, 660 E. Civic Lane
Oct. 18: Star Library, 10706 W. State St.
Oct. 19: HP Campus Bldg. 1, 11311 W. Chinden Blvd.
Oct. 22: Lake Hazel Library, 10489 W. Lake Hazel Rd.
Oct. 23: Albertsons Stadium Plaza, 1400 Bronco Lane
Oct. 24: Micron, 8000 S. Federal Way
Oct. 25: Kuna City Hall, 751 W. 4th St.
Oct. 26: Blue Cross of Idaho, 3000 E. Pine Ave., Meridian
Oct. 29: Fred Meyer, 1400 W. Chinden Blvd., Meridian
Oct. 30: Micron, 8000 S. Federal Way
Oct. 31: Albertsons, 250 S. Eagle Road, Eagle
Nov. 1 and 2: Borah Post Office, 750 W. Bannock St.
Canyon County in-person early voting: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Oct. 15 through Nov. 2 at the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St., Caldwell.
For early voting information in other counties, contact your county elections office.