Ada County voters are hitting the polls early at a record pace.
Ada County officials say in the first five days of early voting more than 11,500 people cast a ballot. The average of more than 2,000 early voters a day is more than twice the rate Ada County saw in the 2012 Election.
The county also says more than 24,000 absentee ballots have been sent out and say that number will only grow between now and the end of the week. This Friday, the 28th, is the last day to request an absentee ballot in Ada County.
There are five different locations across Ada County where you can vote early through November 4th:
Boise City Hall – 150 N Capitol Blvd, Boise, ID 83702 (M – F, 9am – 6pm)
Meridian City Hall – 33 E Broadway Ave, Meridian, ID 83642 (M – F, 9am – 6pm)
Eagle Senior Center – 312 E State St, Eagle, ID 83616 (M – F, 9am – 6pm)
Ada County Elections – 400 Benjamin Ln, Suite 100, Boise, ID 83704 (M – F, 7am – 6pm)
There is also the Ada County Mobile Voting Trailer. Click here for its schedule.
To accommodate people who want to cast an early ballot after work the four standard sites are being kept open an hour later than in previous years. Ada County suggests early voters who still need to register use the standard locations which have more employees to help keep lines moving.
Ada County officials would also like to remind voters that once an absentee ballot is requested, it generally takes a week for the ballot to arrive in the mail. Election organizers urge voters to fill out those absentee ballots immediately after receiving them in the mail and either send them back or return them to the elections office.
All ballots must be returned to the Ada County Elections Office by 8 p.m. on November 8th.
Click here for more information about voting in Ada County.