How to prepare for the polls on Election Day

What you can expect when hitting the polls.

In Ada County alone, nearly 48,000 people voted early for this election - compared to about 20,000 four years ago. Another 24,000 people have sent in their absentee ballot. 
 
If you are waiting to vote until Election Day there are some things you can do help things run smoothly.
 
Phil McGrane, with the Ada County Clerks Office, says make sure to bring your photo identification. If you don't have a photo identification with you at your polling place you can fill out a personal identification affidavit.
 
Remember, if you haven't registered yet, or have changed your address or name, you can still vote.
 
"You'll just need a couple things," said McGrane. You will need a photo I.D. and proof of residence like a utility bill or insurance card. You don't need party affiliation, there's no other requirements. Just get in, get registered and you'll be voting."
 
 
Where you vote will be neutral as well which means make sure you leave your obvious enthusiasm at home.
 
"For one hundred feet around polling places it is a protected space where you don't have to worry about politics," said McGrane. "It's just you and the voting booth."
 
That means no political signs, buttons or clothing displaying support for a candidate.
 
For "selfie" lovers in Idaho you are allowed to take one inside a polling booth with your ballot as long as you're not disrupting other voters.
 
Remember that polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and you're encouraged to avoid the after-work rush between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Absentee ballots are also due when the polls close on Tuesday. There is a special mailbox outside of the Ada County Elections Office to drop them off.
 

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