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Here's What You Need To Know About Idaho's First Vote-By-Mail Primary

Ada County Elections
Samantha Wright
Boise State Public Radio


The coronavirus has changed almost every part of life globally. And here in Idaho, how we vote has changed, at least this spring. Tuesday's state primary election, where all 105 legislative seats are up for grabs, was supposed to be conducted primarily in-person. 

(If you have not yet requested your ballot, you can do so here before May 19. Ballots are due June 2.)


But the spread of COVID-19 and the threat of transmission at voting booths prompted the Secretary of State’s office to switch to a mail-in primary. County clerk’s offices have been scrambling to make the change, and get the word out to voters.


Boise State University political scientist Jaclyn Kettler and Boise State Public Radio reporter James Dawson join Idaho Matters remotely to tell us what we need to know about this important election. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!