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Idaho polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time today for 2022 primary elections

Voting booths at Whittier Elementary in Boise on November 2, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)
Otto Kitsinger
Voting booths at Whittier Elementary in Boise on November 2, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for Idaho’s 2022 primary election.

This year’s elections in Idaho are among the most consequential in years. All statewide offices are up for election, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction. Additionally, all 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for election this year.

This year, many Idaho voters will find that their polling place, legislative district or even congressional district changed due to 2021’s redistricting process of redrawing political boundaries based on new 2020 census data. Idahoans can enter their address into the Secretary of State’s website to find their polling place. Voters may also use that website to double check if they are registered to vote and find out which district and precinct they live in.

Even though so many seats are up for election this year, that doesn’t mean every race on every primary election ballot is contested. Republicans have numerous contested statewide, congressional and legislative races to decide today.

On the other hand, Democrats aren’t running candidates in most legislative races this year, and there are no contested Democratic legislative primary races.

In order to vote in the Republican primary election, voters must be affiliated with the Republican primary. The Democratic primary election is open to all voters regardless of party affiliation.

Idahoans may register to vote at the polls when they vote today, and unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with the political party of their choice or remain unaffiliated.

The winners of today’s primary elections will advance to the Nov. 8 general election, which will also include independent and third party candidates.

Statewide results will begin to be released at 9 p.m. mountain time on Tuesday, and the Idaho Capital Sun plans detailed coverage of the state’s biggest races throughout the evening.

The Idaho Capital Sun is a nonprofit news organization delivering accountability reporting on state government, politics and policy in the Gem state. As longtime Idahoans ourselves, we understand the challenges and opportunities facing Idaho. We provide in-depth reporting on legislative and state policy, health care, tax policy, the environment, Idaho’s explosive population growth and more. Our mission is relentless investigative journalism that sheds light on how decisions in Boise and beyond are made and how they affect everyday Idahoans. We aim to tell untold stories and provide data, context and analysis on the issues that matter most throughout the state. The Capital Sun is part of States Newsroom, a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit supported by grants and a coalition of donors and readers. We retain full editorial independence.