BOISE -- Voters hoping to cast a ballot before election day have just a few more hours to go to the polls or drop their ballot in the mail.

Early voting in Idaho ends at 5 p.m. Friday.

Elections officials say early voting, both absentee and in-person, has been slow and steady since it began on October 15.

In Ada County, just over 7,000 absentee ballots have been mailed out, with a little more than half of those returned so far. Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane tells KTVB that those numbers are up slightly from previous off-year election cycles.

In-person early voting in Ada County is down slightly from previous years, with nearly 1,100 voters having already cast a ballot.

Canyon County officials say they are expecting a 30-percent total turnout for this year's election, based on previous off-year elections.

So far, about 1,200 ballots have been issued, with 800 of those absentee and 400 in-person, according to Chief Deputy Clerk Brad Jackson.

Most voters in both counties will have something to vote on. In Ada County, all six cities are on the ballot, with a number of city council seats up for vote. Boise voters will decided on fire safety and open space bonds.

All cities and several fire districts in Canyon County will be on ballots as well. That includes a heated contest for Nampa mayor.

According to Jackson, about 10-percent of voters, or about 20,000 people, in the county who live in unincorporated areas will not have anything to vote for.

Canyon County is encouraging voters to visit the voter lookup web page, where they can view their ballot and find out where to vote.

While early in-person voting ends Friday afternoon, absentee ballots must be received at the elections office by the time polls close on November 5.

Voters are reminded to bring a photo I.D. with them to the polls.

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