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Voter confusion on Election Day in Idaho
Jennifer Auh reports on some of the voter confusion in the Treasure Valley. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
For some, voting was a breeze on Election Day in Idaho. However, others were turned away from the polls and left a bit frustrated.
There are certain rules you must follow, if you want to turn in an absentee ballot, or if you just moved into a new home. Some of those voters learned that lesson the hard way.
"The reason I was turned away, is because I was sent an absentee ballot, but I changed my mind and I thought I could just come in here, but I was turned away because they didn’t want to have a duplication of votes," said Stella Gracia, Caldwell resident.
Gracia hopes she can use her blank absentee ballot to prove she's not trying to vote twice.
Another rejected voter realized, just because you're registered to vote in Idaho, doesn't mean you're free and clear.
"I am registered to vote in Ada County, but I recently moved to Canyon County. [The poll worker] handed me a registration card, and said I needed proof of address, like a utility bill," said Nampa Resident Sergio Romero.
Nampa Resident Debbie Weaver said her precinct changed because of redistricting, but she wasn’t notified of the change.
"[The elections office employee] said we sent info out in March, and also in April. I told her I never received anything, and my aunt didn't either," she said.
Weaver said her husband's co-worker is in the same boat. "When he got to the place he's voted for 25 years, they turned him away, saying he couldn't vote there, and they didn't have information to tell him where to vote. When he finally got it all figured out, his lunch hour was over," she said.
In Idaho, if you're registered to vote with your current address, you don't need your ID, but some on our Facebook page commented that polling workers didn't give them an alternate option.
“I voted at my Eagle Hills Polling Station. I was forced to provide my driver’s license,” said Jeff Lesli.
Lesli commented that the poll workers didn't offer him the option of filling out a personal identification affidavit.
All of the residents that were turned down told us, they will persevere and still plan to vote. They said they'll try to go back to the polls with all of their required documents, before 8 p.m.
Hopefully, the second time will be the charm.