Election roundup: What to know before casting your ballot

What to know before casting your ballot.

TREASURE VALLEY - Election Day is quickly approaching - as is the deadline to pre-register to vote in Idaho.

Along with choosing the next president, voters in the Treasure Valley have many other boxes to fill in.

In order to help you get ready for Election Day, KTVB broke down some key dates and what to expect on your ballot.

Ada and Canyon counties are expecting a significant turnout, and will collect hundreds of thousands of ballots on November 8.

"We anticipate about 195,000 people here in Ada County are going to vote this election," chief deputy with Ada County Clerk's office, Phil McGrane, said.

If you are not already registered to vote in the state of Idaho, do so by the pre-registration deadline on October 14.

"If you've changed your name, moved recently, we strongly encourage you to complete a registration card, get it into us before that date," McGrane added.

You can still register at the polls, but you may have to wait in line. Ada and Canyon County Elections have another message for voters: Get your vote in ahead of Election Day to ensure lines aren't too long at the polls.

Absentee ballots are being mailed out across the state and you have until October 28 to request those. The last day for In-person absentee voting and early voting is November 4.

Early voting begins on Tuesday, October 11, in Canyon County, and Monday, October 17, in Ada County.

Other than the presidential race and Idaho Supreme Court race, there are several other issues voters will be faced with.

People in both Ada and Canyon counties have the opportunity to weigh in on a couple of the same ballot measures, which include deciding whether or not to re-elect three College of Western Idaho trustees, and determining whether the college's $180 million bond will pass.

"This is first time CWI has gone out and asked the public to put money on the table to help support us and move us forward," College of Western Idaho President Berton Glandon told KTVB.

The college would use that money to build two buildings at their campus in Nampa and one at their new site in Boise - something they say is needed in order to consolidate important services and programs for CWI students. 

"We're now over 20,000 students and we're in leased buildings all over Ada and Canyon County. What we're trying to do is get down to two campus sites," Glandon added. "Students will be able to go to one spot, get everything they need and all the services they need to be successful students."

Glandon says these buildings - specifically their number one priority, the Health Sciences building - will be a great advantage to industries in the area because they will be so close in proximity.

Glandon knows it sounds like a large dollar figure, but says because it is spread over two counties, it is $1.86 per $100,000 of property value.

Voters in Meridian will see two other proposals on the ballot: a Western Ada Recreation District bond for $20 million that would build two new community pools. The other is a $12 million bond that the Meridian Library District is seeking to build two new libraries.

"Those bonds add up to over $200 million, so it's something to pay attention to," McGrane added.

People all across Idaho can mark their ballots for United States senator and both U.S. representatives from Idaho. Races for state legislative seats and county officials differ depending on what area you are in.

If you live in Ada County and want to view your specific ballot before casting your vote, head to the Ada County Elections website, head to 'View My Ballot', go to their Polling Place Locator and type in your address.

In Canyon County, visit canyonco.org/voterlookup and type in your address.

Copyright 2016 KTVB


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