The Canyon County Elections Office is recommending that voters request an absentee ballot ahead of the August 25 consolidated election if they have concerns about COVID-19.
“Our goal in every election is to ensure that all voters have an opportunity to vote and that they feel safe doing so,” said Public Information Officer Joe Decker. “That is why we are urging voters who might not be comfortable going to the polls on Election Day to get their absentee ballot requests submitted sooner rather than later. Particularly individuals who are in the high-risk category, as well as those who don’t want to be amongst potentially large crowds at the polling place.”
The Elections Office has been working closely with the County’s Emergency Management Coordinator and our public health officials to develop safety protocols for the five polling places that will be open for the August 25 consolidated election. The added safety measures are expected to have a slight impact on the voting process and could lead to longer than usual lines at the polls.
There are several ways that voters can request an absentee ballot:
- Online at idahvotes.gov. Follow the steps outlined to submit your absentee ballot request form.
- Download the absentee request form at idahovotes.gov or www.canyonco.org/elections; fill it out and return it to the Clerk’s Office by scanning it and emailing it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Absentee ballot request forms can also be mailed to:
Canyon County Elections Office
1102 E Chicago St
Caldwell, ID 83605
***Please note that absentee ballot requests for the August 25 consolidated election must be returned to the Elections Office by no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 14, 2020.