BOISE, Idaho — The Ada County Elections Office began mailing ballots for the November 3 election on September 30. According to a news release, the initial mailing includes over 115,000 absentee ballots.
The Elections Office says they have seen a large increase in absentee ballot requests. For the November 2016 election, 26,968 absentee ballots were sent to voters for the general election.
According to the release, many residents in Ada County requested an absentee ballot for the November election at the same time they requested a ballot for the Idaho May Primary Election. That election was held entirely by absentee, which saw a record turnout at nearly 39 percent. The previous record was 32 percent.
If you have already requested your absentee ballot, it should be in your mailbox the week of October 5. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the upcoming election is October 23 at 5 p.m. You can request one online by clicking here.