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Canyon County Elections Office recommends absentee ballot if you have COVID-19 concerns

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Posted at 4:18 PM, Jul 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 13:35:37-04

CANYON COUNTY, Idaho — The Canyon County Elections Office is recommending voters request an absentee ballot ahead of the consolidated election on August 25 if they have coronavirus concerns.

“Our goal in every election is to ensure that all voters have an opportunity to vote and that they feel safe doing so,” said Public Information Officer Joe Decker. “That is why we are urging voters who might not be comfortable going to the polls on Election Day to get their absentee ballot requests submitted sooner rather than later. Particularly individuals who are in the high-risk category, as well as those who don’t want to be amongst potentially large crowds at the polling place.”

The elections office is working with the Canyon County Emergency Management Coordinator and public health officials to create safety protocols for the five polling places that will be open for the election. The added safety measures are expected to have a small impact on the voting process and there might be longer lines at the polls as a result.

If you want to request an absentee ballot, you can do so on the Idaho Votes website and follow the steps to submit your absentee ballot request form. You can also download the absentee request form on the Canyon County website, fill it out and return it to the Clerk's Office by scanning it and emailing it to absentee@canyonco.org or mailing it to the Canyon County Elections Office.

Absentee ballots for the August 25 election must be returned to the Elections Office no later than 5 p.m. on August 14.