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Judge extends Idaho's absentee ballot request deadline

Registered Idaho voters will have until May 26
Posted at 9:48 PM, May 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-24 00:47:03-04

BOISE, Idaho — A federal judge has extended the deadline for registered voters to request an absentee ballot for Idaho's primary election to 8 pm, May 26.

Judge B. Lynn Winmill ruled in favor of the Nicholas Jones for Congress campaign, which sued on behalf of voters who said the Secretary of State's website crashed before the initial deadline on May 19, preventing them from requesting their ballots.

All registered voters will now have until next Tuesday to complete their ballot requests, online or by mail, but they will face a tight turnaround to submit them.

Clerks must receive completed ballots by 8 pm, June 2, for them to count.

The Secretary of State's office says this means some voters may need to deliver their completed ballots in person to meet the deadline.

As Idaho News 6 has reported, Idaho's primary election will be held entirely by mail due to coronavirus concerns.