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2020 could be one of the most consequential and unusual elections in American history. And now the time has come to cast a ballot, but how? And when? Boise State Public Radio is here to bring you the latest news and information you need to cast your vote in Idaho.

Ada County Sends Out First Wave Of Absentee Ballots, Crushing 2016 Election Numbers

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Ada County Elections sent out more than 115,000 absentee ballots on Wednesday. That’s more than four times the amount of absentee ballots the county mailed out in the November 2016 General Election. And that’s only the first batch. 

 

Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane said another 5 to 6,000 absentee ballots will be sent out Thursday.

“From there, as people continue to request absentee ballots, we'll mail out ballots every single day up to October 23," said McGrane.

That’s the deadline to request an absentee ballot. McGrane said the post office is providing prepaid First-Class postage to make mailing in ballots easy. 

If voters don’t want to mail their ballot back, McGrane said ballot drop boxes will be available at Kuna, Meridian, Eagle, Boise city halls and the elections office on Benjamin Lane in Boise.

"The most common reason that we have an issue or reject an absentee ballot," said McGrane,"is because a voter doesn't sign them."

McGrane said if they catch an unsigned ballot early, the office will try and contact the voter. But if it isn’t corrected before polls close on November 3, the ballot won’t count. 

For more information on how to register to vote, visit IdahoVotes.gov. 

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