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Early voting for Idaho’s May 17 primary election ends today

By: - May 13, 2022 4:20 am
ballot drop box outside of Boise City Hall

In this file photo from May 2021, an early voting drop box was available to voters outside Boise City Hall. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Early voting for the 2022 primary election in Idaho ends today, May 13. 

Early voting is available at several Ada and Canyon county locations from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. today.

After 5 p.m. today, Idahoans will need to show up at the polls on Tuesday, May 17, to vote in-person for the primary election, when polls will be open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m., local time. 

The deadline to request an absentee ballot has already passed. 


Anybody who still has an absentee ballot must have them submitted and in the possession of the local county clerk’s office or elections office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It is not good enough to mail absentee ballots back by the day of the election or have them postmarked before the election. All ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office or elections office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday to count. 

This year is a particularly important election year for Idaho. All statewide constitutional offices, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction, are up for election this year. On top of that, all 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are also up for election. 

Due to the 2021 redistricting process of redrawing legislative and congressional boundaries, many Idaho voters will have a new polling place or even live in a new legislative district for the first time this year. Idahoans can visit to find their polling place and legislative district and double check whether they are registered to vote.

Idahoans who are not yet registered to vote may register to vote during early voting today or when they show up to the polls to vote on Tuesday. To vote in the Republican primary election, voters must be affiliated with the Republican Party. The Democratic primary is open to any voter, regardless of party affiliation. 

Unaffiliated voters or unregistered voters may affiliate with the political party of their choice at the time they register to vote during early voting or at the polls on the day of the primary election. 


Early voting locations in Ada and Canyon counties

  • Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd.
  • Meridian City Hall, 33 E. Broadway Ave.
  • Ada County Elections Office, 400 Benjamin Lane in Boise
  • Nampa Celebration Church, 2121 Caldwell Blvd.
  • Caldwell Elections Office, 1102 E. Chicago St.

Each location offers early voting from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., through May 13. 

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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.