Because of the COVID-19 health crisis, there will be no in-person voting at traditional locations for Idaho’s May 19th primary election. Governor Little has signed a proclamation changing the rules for this election.
Within the next two weeks, the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office will be sending absentee ballot requests to all registered voters who have not yet requested them. These are not the actual ballots, but a form to request a ballot. You must indicate which party’s ballot you would like to receive. The completed forms must be returned to your local county clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2020.
You can also request an absentee ballot online. Completed ballots must be received at the county clerk’s office by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2.
If you are not currently registered to vote, we urge you to register online as soon as possible. If you need assistance with any step of the process, call or contact your local county clerk’s office.
On the primary ballot this year:
- All 105 seats in the Idaho legislature
- Three of the four federal congressional seats
- Levies or bonds for several school districts
- County offices—Sherriff, prosecutor, and county commissioners
“Despite the trying circumstances we all find ourselves in, it is imperative that we exercise our constitutional right to vote, and the state has made adjustments to the process to allow citizens to vote while still complying with the stay-at-home and social distancing protocols,” says IEA President Layne McInelly. “As always, we encourage you to vote for candidates who will support public schools, students, and professional educators.”
IEA dues dollars do not go toward supporting specific candidates for public office. IEA-PACE does that work through voluntary contributions from members. Visit the IEA-PACE website to become a PACE member and assist with the work of supporting pro-education candidates in the vital elections upcoming.