Next Election: May 16
When: Tuesday, May 16th, 2017
What: School Districts Trustees, Highway Districts Commissioners, Library Districts Trustees, School Districts Bonds/Levies, Recalls (when petitioned)
In house early voting goes from May 1st – May 12th. It will be located at the Elections Office during normal business hours.
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot for the upcoming election by filling out a request and turning it into the Elections Office by 5:00 p.m. on May 5th. These requests may be mailed, emailed, faxed or delivered to the office. Voted Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, May 16th.
Members of the press and public are invited to attend a pre-election Logic and Accuracy test at 2 p.m. on May 11th at the Elections Building, located at 1102 E. Chicago in Caldwell. This test will demonstrate the accuracy of the tabulators used to count ballots on Election Night. Each tabulator will count a collection of ballots. These ballots have been marked in a prescribed manner. This testing assures voters that the tabulators accurately count and report those results. Those who attend will have the opportunity to ask questions and to observe the counting process. If you have questions, please call the Elections Office at 454-7562.
Do I have to vote a straight party ticket in the general?
No. You do not have to vote a straight party ticket in the general election.
Do I need to re-register if I move within the county?
Yes, even if it is just across the street. You need to check and make sure you are still in the same precinct. Precinct lines sometimes rundown streets, so one side could be in one precinct and the other in another precinct.
Does the State of Idaho register by party?
Yes. As a result of a federal court decision in Idaho Republican Party v. Ysursa , the 2011 Idaho Legislature passed House Bill 351 implementing a closed primary system. Persons who are not members of a party may not participate in the selection of that party’s nominees. However, Idaho law does allow the political parties the option of opening their primary elections to “unaffiliated” voters and members of other political parties if they so choose. The party chairman must notify the Secretary of State 6 months prior to the primary if the party intends to open it’s primary election to those outside the party.
So in primary elections, unless the party chooses to allow others outside the party to participate in its primary election, only registered voters of a political party may vote to select their party’s nominees. In other words, at primary elections, registered Republicans may vote only for Republican candidates, and registered Democrats may vote only for Democratic candidates. Persons who are registered as “unaffiliated” (meaning not affiliated with any political party) may not vote for partisan candidates in primary elections unless the party decides to allow them. Independent candidates appear on the ballot only at the general election.
Since Idaho has never required party registration prior to July 1, 2011, there are approximately 742,000 registered voters who are not affiliated with any political party. Electors can designate their party affiliation with the Democratic, Republican, Constitution or Libertarian Party or select no party affiliation (Unaffiliated) by:
• Filling out a Party Affiliation Declaration form
• Declaring a party at the polls at the next Primary Election
Anyone who has not declared a party affiliation before a Primary Election will be registered as an unaffiliated voter.
There are elections on nonpartisan issues scheduled to be held in conjunction with primaries, such as judicial elections, bond or levy elections or possibly state or local question elections. All registered voters are entitled to vote on nonpartisan issues during primaries.
Party registration requirements have no effect on general election procedures. At general elections, all voters receive exactly the same ballot and may vote for any candidate whose name appears on it, without regard to the political affiliation of the candidate or the voter.
How do I get an Absentee ballot?
All requests for an absentee ballot must be received in writing in the elections office. You can fill out a request form in the elections office, fax a request to 208-454-6899 or you can write to the elections department at 1102 E. Chicago, Caldwell, ID 83605. Your request must list your complete name and address in the county, the address you want it mailed to and must be signed by you. Please note, parents cannot request ballots for their children. If you are not already registered we cannot send a ballot until you get registered.
If I do not vote in the primary, can I vote in the general?
Yes, you may.
Is my registration good as long as I never move?
No, you have to vote at least once in a four-year period or your registration is purged.
Is my voter registration public knowledge?
Yes, Idaho Code 34-437.
What is the last day I can register?
Voter pre-registration closes 25 days prior to the election. However, there is election day registration in your correct precinct, based on your address, with picture ID and proof of current address.
What time am I able to vote on Election Day?
Polling Places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
When should I send my Absentee ballot in?
You should send your ballot back as soon as you complete it. The ballot must be in our office on or before Election day to be counted. Do not take it to the precinct on Election day.
Where can I get voter registration cards?
You can get registration cards at the county election department, your local city hall, or call 454-7562.
Where do I find information regarding Campaign Finance Forms?
Note: All county candidates must file forms with the Canyon County Election’s Office
Idaho Campaign Finance Forms
The Campaign Financial Disclosure Reports are no longer available on the Canyon County website. They are available at the Canyon County Election’s Office.
Who can register to vote?
Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and has lived in the city, county or state for 30 days.
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