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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.

Not Yet Registered To Vote In Idaho? There's A Big Deadline This Week

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Friday is a big deadline for Idaho voters hoping to cast an absentee ballot in the November election.

If you’re not already registered to vote in Idaho yet, or if you need to update your address, this is your last shot to do so if you want to vote absentee.

Those mailing in an application to their county clerk’s office must have their letter postmarked by Oct. 9. You can also register to vote online up until midnight with a state-issued ID card.

Those who are registered will still have time to request an absentee ballot, though. The deadline to ask for one is 5 p.m. on Oct. 23. That can be done in-person, through the mail or online.

Don’t wait to send in a completed ballot once you fill it out. The U.S. Postal Service recommends mailing them back at least 15 days prior to the election. Ballot drop-off boxes are also available at different locations, depending on your county.

Even if you miss all of those deadlines, you’re not entirely out of luck. You’ll still be able to register at the polls in-person either by voting early in counties that allow it, or on Election Day itself.

Regardless of how you vote, all ballots must be cast or in the hands of your county clerk by 8 p.m. on Nov. 3 to count.

Follow James Dawson on Twitter @RadioDawson for more local news.

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