Idahoans who requested a ballot to vote in the November election but haven’t received it yet, should not worry because they haven’t even been mailed out.
One of the changes made during the special legislative session in August was the date by which county clerks must mail ballots to voters.
The deadline was pushed back from Sept. 18 to Oct. 5.
The change helps county clerks finalize and assemble the ballots, get them printed and mail them.
Even though in-person voting will still be available in Idaho, election officials anticipates as many as 75 percent of Idaho voters to vote by absentee ballot because of concerns about COVID-19.
According to Idaho Chief Deputy Secretary of State Chad Houck, as of Friday, nearly 326,000 Idahoans had requested an absentee ballot. The number is close to the 334,700 votes cast in the May primary and is close to the halfway point to the expected voter turnout of 700,000 for the November election. Idaho has more than 907,200 registered voters, as of the June report.
Election officials say the time needed to receive the ballot will vary depending on where a voter lives in Idaho, but if a voter hasn’t received a requested ballot by the week of Oct. 12, they should call their county clerk to check.
After Oct. 5, clerks will be mailing out ballots as they receive the requests. Voters should allow seven to 10 days once a ballot request is made — time for the request to get to the clerk, for the clerk to compile the ballot and get it in the mail, and for the Postal Service to deliver it.
For those who haven’t requested an absentee ballot yet, there’s still time; just go to idahovotes.gov.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Keep in mind that’s only 11 days before the election, so that might be cutting it close for a mail-in return.
Alternatively, ballots may also be returned by hand to the county clerk’s office, at a drop-off location or at a mobile voting site.
If all else fails, in-person voting will still be able at polling locations from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 3rd. (AP)