*IDAHO’S PRIMARY ELECTION TO REMAIN ON MAY 19, WILL BE CONDUCTED BY MAIL*
March 30, 2020
Primary election to remain on May 19, will be conducted by mail
Boise, Idaho – Governor Brad Little and Secretary of State Lawerence Denney announced today there will be no change in Idaho’s primary election date of May 19.
The election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.
The move is necessary after it became clear that sufficient polling places and poll workers could not be obtained for the election.
The Governor and Secretary of State will work with the Attorney General and the clerks of Idaho’s 44 counties to refine the absentee voting process for these unique circumstances, including setting appropriate deadlines for registering to vote, requesting a ballot be sent to your home, and returning the ballot.
Governor Little will issue a proclamation addressing the election in the coming days.
“While the coronavirus situation may change how we practice our right to vote in this primary election, it is important to keep our election dates in place,” Governor Little said. “I urge all voting Idahoans to request their absentee ballots as soon as possible so they can vote from home this year,” Governor Little said.
“Voting absentee is the right thing to do under these circumstances, and my office has already set up a website that allows Idaho voters to register and request an absentee ballot,” Secretary Denney said.
Idahoans can request an absentee ballot at https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/.
“We all hope Idaho’s situation with coronavirus will improve before election day on May 19, but decisions cannot wait. Governor Little is making the right call to conduct the election by mail. It is important for all Idaho citizens of voting age to request an absentee ballot and fully exercise our precious right to vote. This is our chance to show the world that, even under difficult conditions, our American values are alive and well,” Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill said.
“Voting is one of our most basic rights as American citizens, and it is important that Idahoans continue to exercise this right this year by voting absentee,” House Speaker Scott Bedke said.
“Idaho’s county clerks appreciate the move to absentee to keep voters and poll workers safe. We are prepared to carry out this election and ensure the people of Idaho can exercise their right to vote,” said Kristina Glascock, Twin Falls County Clerk and president of the Idaho Association of County Recorders and Clerks.
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Please visit: https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/ to submit an absentee request for the May 19, 2020 Primary.
The Kootenai County Elections Office offers Absentee ballot by mail for all Elections. You must be a registered voter who hasn’t moved or changed their name since registering. You may access the Absentee form here.
Absentee by Mail
- Complete an absentee form after January 1, 2020.
- Must be signed by the elector
- The last day to request a ballot by mail is 11 days prior to the election at 5 p.m.
- Absentee requests must be done on an annual basis as they are only good for one calendar year at a time
- The form can be emailed, faxed or mailed to the County Elections Office.
- Email the Elections Office
- Fax: 208-446-2184
Kootenai County Elections
P.O. Box 9000
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83816
Returning Your Mail Ballots
- Sign the affidavit return envelope
- Return to the Elections Office in the postage paid envelope
- Or you may drop it off in person at the Elections Office
- If you make a mistake on your ballot and need a new one please call the Elections Office, 208-446-1030 and we will send you a new ballot
- Your ballot must be to the Elections Office by Election Day at 8 p.m.
- Your vote will not be counted if the ballot is received after 8 p.m. on Election Day
- Your vote will not be counted if the affidavit on the back of the return envelope is unsigned