Gem State Roundup

Idaho deadline to request absentee ballot for Nov. 7 election is Oct. 27

By: - October 23, 2023 4:05 am
Voters cast their ballots at Fairmont Junior High in Boise during the Idaho primary election

Voters cast their ballots at Fairmont Junior High in Boise during the Idaho primary election on May 17, 2022. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane is reminding eligible Idahoans who want to vote via mail to request their absentee ballot before the Oct. 27 deadline, according to a press release from the Secretary of State’s office. 

Election Day for 43 out of 44 Idaho counties is Nov. 7. Early voting is open now until Nov. 3. Absentee ballots are due to local county election offices by 8 p.m. on Election Day, according to the release.

Candidates for mayor, city council and school district trustees are among those up for election. The release suggested voters go to Vote Idaho for information about registering to vote, polling locations and to see what’s on their ballot.

New Idaho voter registration laws passed during the 2023 legislative session require new voters to provide current photo ID and proof of residency.

“We encourage all eligible voters to participate in these local elections, as your involvement plays a significant role in shaping the future of our communities,” McGrane said in the release. “We want to ensure that every eligible Idahoan has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote.”


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Brydon Black
Brydon Black

Born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho, Brydon Black graduated from Boise State University in 2023 after majoring in sociology with a double minor in journalism and labor studies. He wrote for Boise State’s independent student-run newspaper, The Arbiter, for two years. Brydon will cover issues facing Idahoans in addition to Idaho labor.