Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Primary Preview: It's Time to Vote

Posted By on Tue, May 15, 2012 at 8:47 AM

Polls are open and Primary Day 2012 is under way.

In the Idaho Legislature, 106 seats are again up for grabs this year, and Republicans are facing off against one another in most of them. More than 60 GOP legislative races are on Idaho ballots today. Democrats are facing off in 10 of their own contests. Additionally, voters are deciding on candidates for county commissioner, sheriffs and several levies throughout the Gem State.

If all goes as predicted, voter turnout should hover between 25-30 percent, but voters should expect to see some delays, as they face the task of choosing a political party affiliation before they cast their ballots. In Canyon County alone, only about 10 percent of registered voters are affiliated with any party.

Voters are being asked today to select Democrat, Republican, Constitution, Libertarian or unaffiliated. Then things get a bit complicated. If you are officially registered as a Republican, you'll be able to request a Republican, Democrat or nonpartisan ballot. But if you are registered with the Democrat, Constitution, Libertarian parties or choose to be unaffiliated, you'll be able to request a Democrat or nonpartisan ballot, but not a GOP ballot.

Because of the high risk of confusion and delays, extra poll workers have been brought in today. In Canyon County, the Idaho Press-Tribune reports that the county has had to shell out more than $9,000 to bring in an extra poll worker for each of the county's 62 precincts.

Election officials will ask voters to provide a photo ID, but remember that you can also sign an affidavit if you don't have ID.

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