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Test-drive Ada County’s new voting equipment during mock election

Watch Ada County’s new election machines in action

Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane demonstrates the county's new high-tech voting tabulation equipment at the Ada County Elections office in Boise, Idaho, in this January 2016 video.
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Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane demonstrates the county's new high-tech voting tabulation equipment at the Ada County Elections office in Boise, Idaho, in this January 2016 video.

Ada County will debut its new voting system during the March 8 Republican presidential primary.

To get ready, the county is holding a mock election for anyone who wants to learn how to use the new voting system from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, at these locations:

▪  Boise Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd.

▪  Boise Lake Hazel Branch Library, 10489 Lake Hazel Road

▪  Eagle Library, 100 N. Stierman Way

▪  Garden City Library, 6015 N. Glenwood St.

▪  Kuna High School, 637 E. Deer Flat Road

▪  Meridian Cherry Lane Branch Library, 1326 W. Cherry Lane

Election 2016: What to know for the March 8 primary

What’s on the ballot: Republican and Constitution Party presidential primary only. The Democratic presidential caucus is March 22.

Who can vote: Only voters who have affiliated with the Republican Party or the Constitution Party can get the party’s respective presidential primary ballot. Election Day registration is available.

Important dates:

• Feb. 19 to March 4: Canyon County in-person early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Friday, Feb. 19, through Friday, March 4, at the Canyon County Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell.

• Feb 22 to March 4: Ada County in-person early voting is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Monday, Feb.22, through Friday, March 4, at three locations: Ada County Elections Office, 400 Benjamin Lane, near Boise Towne Square; Ada County Indigent Services Building, 252 E. Front St., Suite 199, east of the courthouse (free parking is available) and Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.

On Saturday, Feb. 27, early voting will be offered from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Benjamin Lane site.

• March 2: Last day to request mail-in absentee ballots. Absentee ballot request forms are available at 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 the ballot mailed to, and it must be signed by you.

• March 8: Election Day. Polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots must be returned to county clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. Look up where you vote via IdahoVotes.gov or the Ada or Canyon county election websites. Call Ada County Elections at 287-6860 or Canyon County Elections at 454-7562 to confirm your polling place.

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