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Early voting for Idaho’s May 17 primary elections starts today

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Otto Kitsinger
An early voting dropbox outside Boise City Hall on May 5, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Mountain Sun)

Early voting for Idaho’s 2022 primary elections begins today and runs through May 13.

Early voting is one of several options Idahoans have for making their voice heard in the 2022 primary elections.

Registered voters also have until Friday, May 6, to request an absentee ballot for the primary election. It’s free and easy to request an absentee ballot, verify your voter registration status and check your polling place online at

The deadline to register to vote online in advance of the primary elections has already passed. But Idahoans can still register at the polls when they vote on the day of the primary election, or if they participate in in-person early voting.

All absentee ballots must be received at the local elections office or county clerk’s office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. May 17, the day of the primary election. It is not enough to mail your absentee ballot by the day of the election or have it postmarked before the election — all absentee ballots must be received by the elections office or county clerk’s office by the time the polls close.

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., local time, on May 17.

Many Idahoans’ polling places and legislative districts are changing this year because of the 2021 redistricting process, so it is important to double check your polling location if you plan to vote in-person on the day of the primary election.

To vote in the closed Republican primary election, voters must be affiliated with the Republican Party. Unaffiliated voters can affiliate with the Republican Party on the day of the primary at the polls. Any registered voter may vote in the Democratic primary election, which is open.

There are several locations in Ada and Canyon counties to participate in early voting from May 2 through May 13, including:

  • Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd
  • Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.
  • Ada County Elections Office, 400 Benjamin Lane in Boise
  • Nampa Celebration Church, 2121 Caldwell Blvd.
  • Caldwell Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St.

Each location offers early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Ada County’s mobile voting unit will also be available for early voting at several locations from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first stop for the mobile voting unit is at Bronco Stadium, 1400 Bronco Lane in Boise, on Monday, May 2. To check out the mobile voting unit’s full schedule, go to the Ada County Elections Office website.

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