Ada county kicked off early voting for the 2020 election with a line out the door. Voters gathered across the state’s most populous county to cast their votes in advance.
Early voting locations in Ada County are open October 13 through October 30, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Voters can register to vote and cast their ballot at any of the below locations in Ada County, regardless of where they live.
- Ada County Elections
- Meridian City Hall
- Boise Basque Center
- Eagle Hope Lutheran Church
“We’re here at the Basque Center, that’s one of our locations in Downtown Boise. We also have locations at Meridian City Hall, the Hope Lutheran Church in Eagle and our Ada County Elections Office,” Ada County Clerk’s Office Communication Specialist, Chelsea Carattini says.
For early voting, you can go to any location to cast your vote, as they are not precinct specific like Election Day is.
“On Election Day, you do have to vote at your precinct. You can’t go to any location. So there is a little more flexibility with early voting and it’s a great opportunity to get it done ahead of time,” Carattini says.
Ada County Elections also has a mobile voting center available. The mobile voting center is part of early voting and is designed to make voting easier for everyone. The center visits high traffic areas in Ada County and prints ballots on demand for any voter.
The mobile voting center will be available October 13 through October 30 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the following locations:
- Albertsons Stadium
- Kuna City Hall
- State of Idaho Campus
- Star Library
- Garden City Library
- Eagle City Hall
- Saint Alphonsus
- Blue Cross of Idaho
- Kuna City Hall
- Kuna Albertsons
- Saint Alphonsus -- Bown Crossing
- St. Luke's Hospital
- Lake Hazel Library
In Canyon County, the first early voting location is O'Connor's Field House in Caldwell. This polling location opens on October 13, and the other four are set to open October 19.
Just like Ada County, early voting in Canyon County is not precinct specific.
"You can vote regardless of where you live in the county as long as you're registered or can register to vote in Canyon County, as opposed to election day, which is precinct specific, so you have to go to the right polling place," Canyon County Clerk, Chris Yamamoto says.
Canyon County officials say they expect to have almost 600 poll workers, and if, for some reason, poll workers get sick or are unable to make it, they are confident they will not need to shut down any polling locations.
The following locations are available for early voting:
- O’Connor Field House
- Celebration Church
- Oregon Trail Church of God
- Melba Valley Senior Center
- Notus High School (Old Gym)
The deadline to register to vote online has passed, but you can register to vote at any early voting location and on Election Day, November 3. You can still request your absentee ballot until October 23 by 5 p.m.
Absentee ballots have to be returned to the Elections Office or in any drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day. Idaho passed 1 million register voters on October 9 just before 4 p.m.