Absentee voting: You've had since January of this year to request your absentee ballot. If you haven't done it by the time you're reading this, tough titties. Requests are due the day this issue comes out, Wednesday, November 2. However, the deadline to request in-person absentee voting is 5 p.m. on Monday, November 7. To request a ballot of in-person absentee voting, visit the absentee polling precinct at the south entrance of City Hall, 650 Main St., between Capital Boulevard and Sixth Street. All absentee ballots are due by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
Election Day voting: Idaho offers Election Day registration. This means any individual who is eligible to vote may register by appearing in person at the polling station for the precinct in which he or she resides completing a registration card and making an oath prescribed by the secretary of state. If you're not into oaths, swallow your pride and learn to be. The polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Qualifications to register to vote:
You must be at least 18 years old and a citizen of the United States.
You must have resided in the City of Boise or in an area the city has annexed for at least 30 days prior to the election. If you have two residences, you must declare one to be your primary residence for voting purposes.
You must provide proof of residency. This may be a driver's license or identification card issued by the Department of Transportation, or a valid student picture identification card from a post-secondary institution in Idaho accompanied by a student fee statement containing your valid address in the precinct. (Note to candidates: The cards will not work as photo ID.)
Boise has over 80 voter precincts, so finding the right place to vote is crucial. If you know your precinct but not your polling place, click the "Polling Location" link on the Boise City Clerk's Web site, www.cityofboise.org/city_clerk/cityelections. If you don't know your precinct, call the City Clerk's office at 384-3710.