Next Election: November 3, 2020
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When: Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
What: US President, US Senator, US Representative, Legislative Districts 9-13 Senator, Legislative Districts 9-13 State Representative Position A, Legislative District 9-13 State Representative Position B, County Commissioner District 1, County Commissioner District 2, County Sheriff, County Prosecuting Attorney, College of Western Idaho Trustee Zone 1, 3 and 5, Magistrate Judges, HJR4
Early voting will be held October 13, 2020 – October 30, 2020 at the O’Connor Field House and from October 19, 2020 – October 30, 2020 at the additional 4 locations. Locations will be announced soon. Please check back here as we get closer to early voting,
PRE-ELECTION REGISTRATION CUTOFF
Voter pre-registration closes October 9, 2020. Registration cards may be mailed or delivered to the Canyon County Elections Office at 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, Idaho 83605. You may also register online at idahovotes.gov
Registered voters may request an Absentee Ballot for the upcoming election by completing and signing a request and submitting it to the Elections Office before 8:00 p.m. on October 23, 2020. You can sign up for an absentee ballot on idahovotes.gov or requests may be mailed, scanned and emailed, or delivered to the Canyon County Elections Office at 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, Idaho 83605.
Once voted, Absentee Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office at 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, Idaho 83605 by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
LOGIC AND ACCURACY TEST
The Logic and Accuracy Test will be held at the Canyon County Elections Office (1102 E. Chicago St, Caldwell, ID 83605) on October 5th at 9am. Please make sure to bring a mask and gloves if you plan on attending the L&A.
Please mail documents to 1102 E. Chicago St., Caldwell, ID 83605
Voter Forms / Documents
The County filing start date is March 2nd and the last day to file is March 13th. We will have forms available before this filing window.
UPDATED 2020 General Write In Filing Packet
UPDATED 2020 Magistrate Judge Filing Packet
UPDATED 2020 Independent Filing Packet
Documents Helpful Links
All polling locations are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day, you can find your precinct by clicking the “Where do I vote” box. Upon arrival you will be asked to show an approved Voting ID or sign a “Personal Identification Affidavit”. Approved voting IDs are:
- Idaho State Driver’s license or ID Card
- Federal Issued ID
- Idaho Concealed Weapons Permit
- Current Idaho College or High School ID
- Tribal Identification Card
One month prior to Election Day you can see exactly what you have to vote on by clicking on the “What’s On My Ballot?” box, enter your house number and street, if you reside in a district that has a race this election, a ballot image link will appear.
All 64 precincts, as well as our Elections Office in Caldwell, offer several options for those voters who might require accommodation including:
- All voting machines are ADA compliant and offer accessibility options which help any individual with vision or hearing challenges;
- Curbside voting assistance. Voters are able to drive up and press a doorbell calling an Election Clerk to their vehicle for voting assistance as needed.
- All voting locations have wheelchair accessibility and handicapped vehicle parking;
- Absentee ballots can be mailed to your home
- Any questions about voter accessibility can be answered by calling the Canyon County Elections Office, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Who may register to vote?
Anyone who is a U.S. citizen, 18 years of age or older, and has lived in the county for 30 days.
Where can I register to vote?
Registration cards are available under the Forms/Docs tab on this website and at the Canyon County Election Office in Caldwell. Online registration is also available at idahovotes.gov, as long as you have a current and valid Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card.
What documents do I need to register?
Please be sure to bring the proper identification including a picture ID (documentation showing your legal name and your picture) and proof of current address. An Idaho driver’s license with your current name and address works not only to register, but also to vote.
Do I need to re-register if I move within the county?
Yes, even if you move across the street or down the hall to a new apartment, you must re-register. This ensures that you are still in the same precinct and are allowed to vote in the races that are appropriate for your location.
Is my registration good as long as I never move?
No, if you have not voted in at least one election in a four-year period, your registration is automatically purged from the State registration system. You will need to submit a new registration card or re-register online at idahovotes.gov.
Is my voter registration public knowledge?
Yes, in compliance with Idaho Code 34-437, your voter registration is public record. The record, however, does not include sensitive information such as your social security number, driver’s license number, or date of birth.
What is the last day I can register?
Voter pre-registration closes 25 days prior to the election. However, you do have the opportunity to register at your particular polling place on Election Day. If you utilize the Early Voting option you may register at that time as well. Please be sure to bring the proper identification including a picture ID and proof of current address. An Idaho driver’s license works not only to register, but also to vote.
What is Early Voting?
Early Voting is available two weeks prior to the Election in our Canyon County Elections Office at 1102 E Chicago, Caldwell, ID and closes at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. If you are early voting, you may also register to vote at the same time. Please call the Elections Office for further information.
What is an Absentee Ballot?
An Absentee Ballot enables you to vote in advance from your home. It is a perfect option for those voters who are homebound and are unable to come out on Election Day. It’s also an option for voters who may be out of town on Election Day.
How do I get an Absentee Ballot?
If you are currently registered to vote in Canyon County, you may complete a request form in person at the Canyon County Elections Office, or print one off from the Forms/Docs tab of this website. All requests for an Absentee Ballot must be received in writing at the elections office. You can drop off or mail your request form at the Canyon County Elections Office or scan and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, parents cannot request ballots for their children.
When should I send my Absentee Ballot in?
Please send your ballot back as soon as you complete it. The ballot must be in our office on or before Election Day at 8:00 p.m. to be counted. If you take your Absentee Ballot to your precinct on Election Day, it will be spoiled and another will be reissued. Ballots must be voted in the same precinct in which they are issued.
What time am I able to vote on Election Day?
Polling Places are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
I have disabilities that make voting difficult. What can I do?
Canyon County is committed to ensuring no qualified individual with a disability is, by reason of such disability, excluded from participating in or denied the right to vote. All 64 precincts, as well as our Elections Office, offer several options for those voters who might require accommodation including:
- ADA compliant voting machines which help any individual with vision or hearing challenges;
- Curbside voting assistance. Voters are able to drive up and press a doorbell calling an Election Clerk to their vehicle for voting assistance as needed. Election Clerks confirm voter registration, bring the secured ballot to the voter as well as deposit the confidential ballot on the voter’s behalf, all while the voter remains in the vehicle;
- All voting locations have wheelchair accessibility and handicapped vehicle parking;
- Absentee Ballot voting is always an option for those who would like to vote from the comfort of their own home or residential facility in advance;
- Additionally, our Precinct and Elections Office Staff is always willing and able to help in any way that they can to provide a complete voting experience to all registered voters in Canyon County.
Any questions about voter accessibility can be answered by calling the Canyon County Elections Office, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
If I do not vote in the primary, can I vote in the general?
Yes, you may vote in any election if you are a registered voter.
Do I have to vote by party affiliation for primary elections?
Yes, in a primary election you must pick a specific party ballot or vote on the nonpartisan ballot. Parties have the option to open or close their primary. The options for who can vote on which ballot change depending on what each party does. To find out which options you have based on which party you are affiliated with, please call our office at 208-454-7562
Do I have to vote by party affiliation for general elections?
No, party affiliation does not come into play for general elections.
Does the State of Idaho register by party?
Yes. As a result of a federal court decision 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 unless the political parties opt to open their primary elections to “unaffiliated” voters and members of other political parties. The party chairman must notify the Secretary of State six months prior to the primary if the party intends to open its primary election to those outside the party.
Does my party affiliation affect my voting options in an election?
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. If a party chooses to have an “open” primary, then registered voters of any party may vote in their primary race. A party with a closed primary allows only registered voters from their party to vote for that party’s candidate. Typically, in Idaho, Republicans have a closed primary and Democrats have an open primary. Persons who are registered as “unaffiliated” (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 and are not part of the primary 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 before the deadline;
- A voter who is unaffiliated may affiliate with 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. Twenty-five (25) days prior to an election, a voter may change their party affiliation. Sometimes there are elections on nonpartisan issues scheduled to be held in conjunction with primaries, such as judicial elections, bond or levy elections or state or local 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.
Where do I find information regarding Campaign Finance Forms?
Campaign Finance forms are located under the Forms/Docs tab. Note: Beginning in 2020, all candidates must file campaign finance forms online at https://sos.idaho.gov/elect/finance/index.html
All 2019 reports are due January 31st and should still be filed with our office, either in person or by mail or email.
Need a map? Various precinct maps, commissioner district maps, legislative maps, and congressional districts maps are available to the public. Other taxing entities maps are also available, including but not limited to city, school districts, and fire districts maps. Electronic maps may be requested as part of a Public Records Request and sent to you via email. Printed copies of the maps may be purchased for a nominal fee, depending on size, through the Canyon County Elections Office in Caldwell.
Who should become a Poll Worker
We are always in need of detail-oriented, tech savvy individuals who value the elections process and enjoy meeting new people.
Am I qualified to be an election worker?
- A U.S. citizen;
- At least 16 years of age;
There are potentially four elections each year:
- March: Second Tuesday
- May: Third Tuesday
- August: Last Tuesday
- November: Tuesday after the First Monday
Polls open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m.
What does a poll worker do?
- Attend a mandatory, detailed training session a few weeks prior to each election in Caldwell, Idaho to learn how to be a poll worker and run all of our voting equipment.
- Work each Election Day from open to close. Polls workers must be at the polling place by 7am to help set up and must stay until polls are closed and the polling place is packed up. Chief Judges are required to bring back all mandatory equipment and items to our office in Caldwell after the polls have closed.
- On voting day you will check in voters and explain how to cast their ballots.
Chief Judges are paid $199 and election workers are paid $149 per day for each election.
Can we count on you?
If you’d like to be an election poll worker in Canyon County, complete an application by clicking HERE or call our Elections Office today at
Poll Worker Training Survey
Haley Hicks – Elections Supervisor
Kylie Marks – Technical Administrator
Brandi Long – Election Specialist
Cathleen Smith – Election Specialist
If you have any questions regarding elections, please call us at (208) 454-7562 or email us at email@example.com
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1102 E Chicago St
Caldwell, ID 83605
Weekdays 8am – 5pm
Polling Place 8am-8pm
(Election Day Only)