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Election Day 2022 FAQs

| May 12, 2022 1:00 AM

Looking to vote on May 17 as all legislative seats are up for vote due to the recent redistricting prompted by the 2020 Census. To help you with voting information, the Idaho Secretary of State has posted the following information — and more — on its website.

Polls open

All Election Day polling places will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

How to register to vote?

If you are 18 years or older, lived in Boundary County for a minimum of 30 days and are a U.S. citizen you will need to be a registered voter before you can vote in the May election. For more information on registering, call the clerk at 208-267-2242, or email at gposton@boundarycountyid.org.

How do I vote absentee?

• To request an absentee ballot and check the status of a request, go online to voteidaho.gov/ or you download a PDF absentee request form.

• The request can be dropped off, mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Elections Office. The last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot is May 6 at 5 p.m.

Ballot questions

• The ballot question submission deadline was March 18. Political subdivisions were required to submit ballot

language to the county clerk for any bond, levy, initiative, referendum, or other question to be

placed on the ballot for the May 17 primary (Idaho Code 34-106)

Voter Registration

The deadline to register to vote was April 22, 2022 However, voters can register to vote at the polls on Election Day if they are not already registered to vote.

Per Idaho Code 34-408, regular voter registration is currently closed until the day after the upcoming election. Any regular voter registrations received will be held by the county clerk until then. However, election day registration will be available at your precinct polling location. If you wish to register to vote on election day, you must appear in person at your precinct polling location with proof of identity and address, per Idaho Code 34-408A.

In order to register to vote in Boundary County, you must be a U.S. citizen, have resided within Boundary County for a minimum of 30 days prior to the election and be 18 years of age or older.

You cannot register to vote if you've been convicted of a felony and have not yet had your civil rights restored.

You can register to vote in the Clerk's office at the Boundary County Courthouse. Boundary County residents serving on active military duty anywhere in the world can register by mail using mail-in military registration forms, available at any United States military installation.

If you register by mail, please include a photocopy of legal identification. Whether you walk in or mail in to register, the registration form must be in the Clerk's Office or postmarked at least 25 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote.

Mail registrations for Boundary County to County Clerk, P.O. Box 419, Bonners Ferry, ID 83805.

Voters can also register at the polls prior to casting their ballots. You'll need valid identification, such as an Idaho drivers license or identification card and proof of residency (utility bills, etc.). Information required to register, whether by mail, walk-in or at the polls includes your name, gender, postal and physical address, date of birth and length of residency.

Voter Registration Form

• Go online to voteidaho.gov to register to vote

Sample ballots

• Sample ballots were available starting last week of March for the May 17 primary election.

What will I need to vote?

You will need a valid identification, such an Idaho driver's license or identification card or sign an affidavit.

For further information, see the “Voter Education Video Gallery” at www.voteidaho.gov for education videos including absentee ballots, voter registration, ballot tabulation, election certification and much more.

Where to Vote

Visit the Idaho Secretary of State's interactive web site to identify your exact residence location and get step-by-step driving instructions to your polling place.

Please note: When using this site, you must enter your new physical address, including your house number and the first three letters of your street name.

Polling sites are subject to change and such changes will be announced in the local newspaper and on this site prior to the election. Polling sites are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on election days.

Absentee Ballots

Those who cannot or choose not to go to the polls on election day can cast their vote by absentee ballot. Those wishing to vote absentee can pick up applications for absent elector's ballot at the Clerk's office or by using the link below. Absentee ballot applications must be turned in each year you wish to vote absentee. The Boundary County Courthouse is an absentee polling site prior to election day. Registered voters outside the county should submit their application for absent elector's ballot allowing ample mail time prior to the election. Completed ballots must be received no later than 8 p.m. on election day in the Clerk's Office.

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