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Early voter turnout low in Bannock County for May 21 Primary Election

by | May 17, 2024 | Clerk Press Releases, Highlights, Newsroom

BANNOCK COUNTY, Idaho—Fewer people are voting early in the Bannock County 2024 Primary Election than in previous years.

Early voting ended on Friday, May 17, with 1,863 people casting their ballot either early or via absentee ballot. Comparatively, more than 3,000 people voted early in the 2022 May Primary Election, when U.S. Senator and Governor seats were at the top of the ticket.

“I think part of the reason for low turnout so far is because of some confusion with the presidential caucuses and the Primary. We hope that we’ll still see a big turnout on Tuesday, but it’s always hard to predict what will happen,” said Elections Administrator Julie Hancock.

Completed absentee ballots must be turned in to the Election’s Office on North 6th Avenue by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 21.

Voters can still cast their ballots on Election Day, Tuesday, May 21. Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the 57 precincts across Bannock County. You can find your polling place using the interactive polling place map at bannockcounty.us/elections or by calling 208-236-7333.

For the Primary Election, the Democratic ballot is open to all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation. The Republican, Libertarian, and Constitutional ballots are closed to voters not affiliated with the respective party.

Those who are not registered to vote or are registered unaffiliated may choose to affiliate with a party at their polling place on Election Day, as long as they are a citizen, 18-years-old, and have a valid photo ID and proof of residence.

To check your voter registration, visit voteidaho.gov or call the Bannock County Elections Office at 208-236-7333.

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