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Early voting ends today in Idaho

by CLARK CORBIN / Idaho Capital Sun
| November 4, 2022 1:00 AM

Early voting and in-person absentee voting for Idaho’s general election ends at 5 p.m. today according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.

Every Idaho county offers either early voting, which allows a voter to vote in-person at an early voting location just as they would on Election Day, or in-person absentee voting, which allows a voter to complete an absentee ballot at the county clerk’s office, according to the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.

Anybody who misses Friday’s deadline and still wants to vote will be able to vote in-person at polling locations across the state on Election Day. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., local time, on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Anyone who is eligible but not yet registered to vote may register to vote at their polling location before they cast their ballot on Election Day. Unregistered voters will need to bring valid identification and proof of residency. Acceptable forms of identification for proving identity and residency include a valid Idaho driver’s license or state issued ID card, a student ID card from an Idaho college or post secondary institution accompanied by a current student fee statement listing a valid address in the precinct or any document that contains a valid address in the precinct together with a photo ID.

Voters may visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s website to check whether they are registered to vote, find their polling place and learn which legislative district and congressional district they live in. Due to the 2021 redistricting process, many Idahoans will have a new polling place or live in a new legislative district or congressional district for the first time in 10 years.

The 2022 election will shape government and politics in Idaho and across the country for years to come. Both of Idaho’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election this year, as is one of Idaho’s seats in the U.S. Senate. All statewide offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction are on the ballot. All 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for election this year, although more than half of the races are not competitive because Democrats are not fielding candidates in dozens of races this year. Depending on where Idahoans live, they may also have county races, such as county commissioner or sheriff, community college trustee races or nonpartisan judges running on their ballots.