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Blaine County voters use a pen to mark a paper ballot and then insert it into an optical scan voting machine to cast their ballots at the polling place. When the ballot is inserted, this machine, called a DS200, optically scans the marks made on the paper ballot and counts the votes electronically.Additionally, each polling place has an accessible audio and touchscreen voting machine called an ExpressVote which is designed to assist voters with disabilities to vote independently and privately.
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You are eligible to vote in Blaine County if you:
You can register to vote with Vote Idaho or you can register to vote in person at the Blaine County Election Office.
No. A person may only register to vote at his or her place of residence. A business address or a P.O. Box number may only be used as a mailing address.
You can register to vote at any time. However, if you are registering to vote within 24 days prior to any election you will need to provide proof of residence as well as identification and vote at that time.You must re-register to vote every time you move or change your name. For specific dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, see the Idaho Secretary of State’s calendar.
If it is within 24 days prior to any election: yes. When you register to vote, you must provide a photo ID as well as proof of residency. This may be on your Idaho Driver’s License, but if not you can use other documents like a Costco card and a power bill that shows your name at your physical address.If it is not within 24 days prior to any election: no, you do not need any identification or proof of address.
No. When you register to vote, you will be asked if you want to affiliate with a political party. There are currently four qualified political parties in Idaho: the Constitution Party, the Democratic Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Republican Party. If you do not want to affiliate with a political party, choose Unaffiliated when registering to vote.
To find out if you are registered to vote in Blaine County, check online or call the Elections Office at 208-788-5510.
You must be a registered voter for your signature to be valid on a petition. If you complete and sign an Idaho Voter Registration Form on the same date or a date prior to signing the petition, your signature will be valid. The election official must receive the completed/signed voter registration form on or before the date the petition is filed with the election office.
No. The Elections Office cannot stop the political mailings or calls you receive. We cannot remove your address from your voter registration record. Voter registration records are public record, Idaho law allows certain voter information to be released to the public. Your social security number, driver’s license number, birth date, and signature are never provided.
Anyone who is registered to vote in Blaine County can choose to vote Absentee. You can vote by mail for just the next election or for the calendar year.
Important! Your Absentee Ballot Request Form must be received by the Election Office no later than 5 p.m. on the eleventh day before the election. For specific dates and deadlines for the upcoming election, see the Idaho Secretary of State’s calendar.
Return your absentee ballot in the return envelope that has your name printed on it. Be sure to sign the envelope.
Note: absentee ballots cannot be dropped off at polling places.
You can see the status of your absentee ballot online.
All eligible Blaine County residents can vote at the Blaine County Election Office beginning 3 weeks before each election. Voting hours are from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The last day of early voting is always the Friday before Election Day.Election Day voters must visit their polling places between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
On Election Day you can only vote at your assigned polling place. All polling places are open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. To receive the ballot with the correct contests and candidates for where you live, you must vote at your assigned polling place. To find the location of your polling place:
To vote you must either present a photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. Acceptable forms of photo identification include any one of the following:
Information about upcoming elections is posted on the Election Office page as it is available.
No. at this time the Blaine County Election Office provides voter services and official elections materials only in English.
To vote for a qualified write-in candidate who is not listed on the ballot, write the person's name on the blank line at the end of the candidate list and fill in the circle. You must fill in the circle for your write-in vote to be counted.Only write-in votes for qualified write-in candidates can be counted. A list of qualified write-in candidates will be available at the polling place. Vote-by-mail voters can get the list of qualified write-in candidates by calling the Blaine County Election Office at 208-788-5510.
Yes, all polling places in Blaine County are accessible and offer curbside voting as well.
Yes. However, cancelling your voter registration will not eliminate the possibility of you receiving a jury duty summons. The courts receive potential juror information from both voter registration and Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles records.