May 19, 2020 Primary Election
*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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The purpose of primary elections in Idaho is to allow members of a recognized political party to select that party’s nominees to go on the general election ballot.
Party affiliation is required for this election and affects what ballot voters will receive.
County Candidates and Precinct Committeemen Filings for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election:
Party ballots in Kootenai County will include candidates for:
- U.S. Senator
- Idaho 1st District U.S. Representative
- One State Senate seat in each of the county’s 3 Legislative districts
- Two State Representative seats in each of the county’s 3 Legislative districts
- Kootenai County Commissioner in District 1
- Kootenai County Commissioner in District 2
- Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney
- Kootenai County Sheriff
- Precinct Committeemen
Party ballots will also include all Non-Partisan candidates and any ballot questions.
Non-Partisan ballots will include Judges and any ballot questions:
- Idaho Supreme Court Justice
- Court of Appeals Judge
- Bayview Water and Sewer Revenue Bond, County URD Advisory Vote and County Prison Release Facility Advisory Vote
- Mailed absentee ballots must be requested by May 8th. First absentee mail out for the May 19th Election will be April 3rd.
- Please visit: https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/ to submit an absentee request for the May 19, 2020 Primary.
- To obtain an absentee ballot request form click here
- The request can be dropped off, mailed, emailed or faxed to the Elections Office.
- Registration closes on April 24th.
- For more information on voter registration click here
- Party affiliation is required for this election and affects what ballot voters will receive. For more information please visit: https://sos.idaho.gov/elect/primary_elections_in_idaho.html
- Logic and Accuracy Test Monday, May 18th, 10:00 a.m.
- A pre-election Logic and Accuracy Test will be held at the Elections Office at 1808 N 3rd St, Coeur d’Alene and is open to the public. This test will demonstrate the accuracy of the tabulators used to count ballots on Election Night. Those who attend will have the opportunity to observe the tabulating process and ask questions.