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Ada County Elections begins counting ballots

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Posted at 11:26 AM, Jun 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-07 13:23:10-04

BOISE, Idaho — The Ada County Elections Office has begun counting the mail-in ballots for Idaho's primary election. The process of scanning ballots will continue through the evening of June 2, with the first wave of results being released at 9 pm and continuing through the evening until they are all posted. The results will be posted on the elections website.

"All the way up to 8 pm on June 2, we have a drop box available," said Phil McGrane, Ada County Clerk. "People can drop them off here at 400 Benjamin Lane, which is the elections headquarters. There are people who have been dropping them off as well as mailing them in up to this point."

Related: Ada County Elections opening ballots for the May 19 Primary Election

Staff at the elections office began opening ballot envelopes on May 27. The ballots were taken out of the secrecy sleeve, unfolded and laid flat in preparation for counting. They were then securely stored until they are ready to be counted. Ballots must be received by the elections office before June 2 at 8 pm to be counted.

Ballot Drop-Off Locations:

  • Ada County Elections – 400 N. Benjamin Ln, Boise, ID The ballot drop box in front of the building is available all hours.
  • Ada County Courthouse – 200 W Front St, Boise ID The mobile voting trailer in the parking lot of the building will be accepting ballots on Tuesday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Meridian City Hall – 33 E. Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID Ballot drop-off will be available on Tuesday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Eagle City Hall - 660 E Civic Ln, Eagle, ID Ballot drop-off will be available on Tuesday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Kuna City Hall - 751 W 4th St, Kuna Ballot drop-off will be available on Tuesday, June 2 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Voters should plan to drop off their ballots, not mail them. Ballots need to be in a drop box by 8 p.m. on June 2 in order to be counted.