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Saturday, October 11, 2008

Largest Voter Turnout in Idaho History Predicted

If the November 4 election turnout isn't the biggest turnout in history, you can’t blame the local election officials who have done everything possible to make it easy to vote.

The response to their mail-in absentee ballot campaign resulted in thousands of ballots being mailed to registered voters. In addition, early voting for those who missed the deadline is open Tuesday at the County Elections Center at 1102 Chicago Street from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily until November 3.

Election day is November 4, but Canyon County election officials hope to keep the lines short through their early vote efforts. The panic is caused by a new optical scanner ballot system that neither voters nor election workers have previously used. The old “hanging chad” punch card equipment is no longer manufactured or repaired.

A “paper trail” is created with the fill in the dot system, thus avoiding computer problems and providing for easy recount and auditing.

We voted at our kitchen table and hand delivered the ballots to the Elections Office. The crowd of people in the office voting early was astounding with all the office staff at the front desk helping people to register, vote or receive marked ballots. The fax machine in the Elections Office is humming constantly with faxed in absentee ballot request forms. The turn around time has been running about a week to get requested early voting ballots back to voters via USPS.

The following link will get you more info on an absenttee ballot: You can also go to the county website to get your ballot request forms.

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