Step-by-step on voting in March; affiliation

Elections 2016: Confused yet?

With all the dates and deadlines for elections this year, Idaho voters can understandably be confused as to which way to turn or what form to sign.

So, here’s a summary to help guide Idaho County voters through to what’s coming up as we head into the May primary.

March 8:

  • Patrons will be voting in their respective school levy elections. Mt. View School Dist. 244 is proposing a $2,663,246 supplemental levy. Kamiah Joint District 304 is proposing a $133,350 school plant facilities reserve fund levy.
  • Affiliated voters will be choosing candidates in the Republican and Constitution party’s presidential primaries.

March 22

  • Democrats will hold a party caucus at Grangeville High School, to choose their presidential candidate. Doors open at 5 p.m. and lock at 6. Contact: Michelle Perdue, 983-3763.

Before you can vote

  • The Republican and Constitutional parties have closed primary elections on March 8, meaning voters will need to affiliate with either party to vote in its election.
  • All voters can affiliate with any political party, or change their affiliation, at the polls on March 8.

After you vote

  • Prior to the May 17 state primary election, the last day to affiliate or change party affiliation is Friday, March 11.
  • To vote in Republican or Constitution party elections, May 17, voters must be affiliated.
  • The Democrat Party has an open primary; no affiliation is required to vote in its elections.

What’s different this election year?

  • Presidential candidates will be decided in the March 8 election and March 22 caucus. They will not appear on the May 17 primary ballots.

Absentee voting is open

  • Absentee voting started Feb. 1 at the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville.
  • For unregistered voters, they register and vote at the courthouse up through March 4, as well as register and vote at the polls on election day, March 8.

Candidate registration for May 17 primary

  • Filing opens Feb. 29 for candidates for county and state elected offices.
  • Filings close March 11.

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