BOISE - The Idaho Primary Absentee Ballot request deadline recently got an extension up through May 26 at 8 p.m. The original deadline was May 19.
Idaho Secretary of State Lawerence Denney sent a letter to county clerks Friday evening outlining the details of the extension granted by the court earlier in the day.
If a paper ballot request was received following the original deadline of May 19 at 8 p.m. from a registered Idaho voter and bearing the signature of that voter, counties are to now accept that request and issue a ballot to that voter. Any new, complete paper ballot request from a registered Idaho voter and bearing the signature of that voter before May 26 at 8 p.m. will be granted a ballot. If a request is received from a voter whom was not registered by the May 19 deadline, he/she will not receive a ballot.
Acceptable methods of transmission of the request for absentee ballot, as per Idaho statute, include physical delivery to the county, postal delivery, fax or electronic delivery including via email (with digital image of complete application and signature clear enough to verify), or via the ISVRS system from the online application.
"While we regret the additional expense and tremendous logistical strain this will place on the clerks, staff, and counties of Idaho, this is nonetheless a court-issued decision with which we will comply," said Lawrence. "I know that this is a holiday weekend, that in many cases you have given your staff time to be with their families, and that making this happen will be very difficult."
"We also were concerned that only reopening to those with online access would provide less than equal access to ballot requests by those in our state who do not have internet access. This likewise would be unacceptable to Idahoans."
The official absentee ballot request form can be found below.