This week's citydesk column in the Boise Weekly contains an error about absentee voting procedure: People who request an absentee ballot can still go to the polls on Nov. 4 to vote, as long as they have not sent in the absentee ballot already.
We were given wrong information from the county, which is strongly encouraging everyone that requested a ballot to use it. But if your dog eats your ballot, if you are a slacker and forget to mail it back, or if for any old reason you don't get the absentee ballot back in, you can still go vote on Election Day.
“We cannot deny the person a ballot. The conundrum we have is, you requested your ballot by mail, please vote by mail,” said Christopher Rich, chief deputy clerk for Ada County. "The word must shouldn’t have been there."
Rich said that more than 60,000 absentee ballots have been requested now in Ada County and that some 196,000 people are now registered to vote.
There are three ways to return the ballots: at the County Courthouse until the polls close at 8 p.m. on Nov. 4, at the county Public Safety Building, 7180 Barrister Drive through 5 p.m. Nov. 3 and by mail (with a signature on the back AND a stamp!!)