Polls open in Idaho: How do I vote?

Polls open in Idaho: How do I vote?

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by Natalie Podgorski & KTVB.COM

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 24 at 5:41 PM

BOISE -- Voters will head to the polls at 8 o'clock Tuesday morning to begin voting in Idaho.

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa says voter turnout for the 2012 General Election could be upward of 78 percent. The presidential election and Idaho's controversial education propositions are two major draws.

Elections officials say while the high voter turnout could mean long lines at the polls, voters can take measures to decrease their wait time.

TIPS FROM THE ADA COUNTY ELECTIONS OFFICE

  • Idaho's polls will open at 8 a.m. Tuesday and stay open until 8 p.m.   
  • The first step in voting is identifying where you should vote. Redistricting has changed polling places throughout Idaho.
  • If you aren't sure where you are supposed to go, visit the state's voting website and click on 'Where do I vote' on the left hand side of the screen, and type in your address.
  • When you get to your polling place, be prepared to show photo I.D. If you don't have an ID, you will be asked to sign a personal identification affidavit before you can vote.

VOTER TURNOUT

Elections officials say turnout could increase if more voters choose to register the same day as they vote.

Phil McGrane with the Ada County Elections Office says it's difficult for officials to predict the exact turnout.

"One of the big things that we have to anticipate that is really difficult for us is all those people who are going to register on election day," McGrane said. "We will probably project about another 40,000 people that we don't know of right now that are going to register on election day and vote same day."

REGISTERING TO VOTE

Those who plan to register and vote on the same day must be at least 18-years-old, and show valid photo I.D., along with a bill or other mail item with a valid address.

ABSENTEE BALLOTS

Absentee ballots must be delivered to your county's elections office by the time the polls close on Tuesday. If they don't make it to the office, they won't count.

For more information, visit the state's voting guide at Idahovotes.gov.

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