Mail-In Voting

If the rest of 2020 is any indication, Election Day 2020 is going to be a wild ride. Information — and mis-information — will be flying fast on traditional and social media. Reports and rumors from across the country are bound to stoke uncertainty and concern. It has never been more important to know what to look for, where to look for it, and how to parse all the information coming at you.

 


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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. 

 


Idaho Statesman

There's a lot to cover this week on the Reporter Roundtable: Boise State Football will be competing this fall after all (so it seems), K-12 schools have seen their first death among an employee from COVID-19 as cases of the virus to the public remains opaque in many districts, and absentee ballots are being delayed in some parts of Idaho.

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New leadership is cutting costs at the U.S. Postal Service in a way that's backing up mail around the country, and many are concerned that could impact mail-in ballots ahead of the election on November 3. In the Mountain West, how your ballot could be affected depends on where you live.

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The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic is expected to prompt many states to use mail-in ballots this November. Voting by mail is already common in the Mountain West, though President Donald Trump continues to falsely claim it leads to rampant fraud.


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It looks like at least one far-right candidate in Eastern Idaho won’t be returning to the statehouse in January.

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As the United States prepares for a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, a new national survey finds that most Americans support making it easier to vote by mail in November.

 

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Tuesday, we will learn the results of Idaho's first vote-by-mail statewide primary. How might the changes election officials have been forced to put in place because of the coronavirus influence future elections?  

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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. 

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One of the effects of coronavirus is extreme uncertainty about the upcoming elections. Idaho will be conducting its May 19 primary entirely by mail, but what about getting people to vote? Especially young people, who will make up 40% of the voting population by November?