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Plan ahead to register, vote in upcoming Nov. 8 election

Election 2016



— The Nov. 8 general election is less than three weeks away, and Idaho County voters are being asked to choose elected officials and answer ballot questions. Those wanting to weigh in their decisions must be registered to vote.

What requirements are necessary to become a voter and what is the process?

The Idaho County website, www.idahocounty.org, posted the following information regarding whether you need to register. You must register if you have:

  • never registered before;
  • changed your name;
  • moved to a different address; or
  • not voted within the last four years.

According to idahovotes.gov, you are eligible to vote if you:

  • will be at least 18 years old on Election Day;
  • are a citizen of the United States, and;
  • federal, state or county election - 30 days within the state and county
  • city election - 30 days within the city
  • taxing district election - 30 days within the district

You are not eligible to vote if you:

  • have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored, or;
  • are confined in prison on conviction of a criminal offense.

According to the July 1, 2015, census, the Idaho County population was 16,272. Twenty percent of the population was younger than age 18, or about 3,254 individuals.

The Idaho Secretary of State official website lists the following statistics for the county:

  • registered republicans: 6,370;
  • registered democrats: 490;
  • total registered: 9,371;
  • non-registered population: 3,647, or about 19 percent of the population eligible to vote.

All voter registration applications were required to be received in the courthouse by Oct. 14. However, that does not preclude anyone from voting if their records need to be updated.

Residents can register at the courthouse, said Bette Polack, Idaho County election deputy.

“They can come in and register, but they have to vote then, too,” she said.

Residents of Idaho can become registered at the polls. Simply bring photo identification along with current proof of address.

There are numerous websites online set up to register voters. Some sites may automatically register you for digital marketing. So some caution is necessary when searching online. Other sites may ask you to print and mail an online registration form, for which the deadline is passed.

And because society is more technologically savvy, there are also options to download apps allowing individuals to register to vote. In some states, the log -in will automatically sync with state websites for immediate registration. This is not the case in Idaho, so registrants will be required to print a form to be mailed or hand-delivered to the county clerk.

“We need to have a signature on the form,” Polack said.

To find your precinct and poll locations, call the county clerk’s office at 208-983-2751.



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