Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Absentee voting opens in the county

Almost 500 voted so far

Express Staff Writer

Blaine County voters can make their election decisions early by filling out in-person absentee ballots at the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey over the next few weeks.

As of Tuesday morning, 492 Blaine County voters had already voted in person at the courthouse, and Blaine County Clerk JoLynn Drage said the Elections Office was serving roughly 30 people per day. In 2008, the number of voters jumped to 300 per day during the last week of voting.

Amy Rivkin, Blaine County elections clerk, said absentee voters still need to bring in photo ID—such as a driver’s license, a passport or federal identification card, a student identification card or a tribal identification card—in order to vote. She added that if a voter arrives at the polling place without photo identification, he or she can sign an affidavit confirming identity.

“We won’t turn away someone just for not having ID, ever,” she said.

Drage said she expects a large turnout, considering that 2012 is a presidential election year and there are a number of contentious issues on the ballot.

In the 2008 election, Blaine County voters cast 10,707 ballots out of a total of 13,988 registered voters. Rivkin said 4,653 of those ballots were cast absentee, and Drage said more than 3,000 of those absentee ballots were cast in person at the Blaine County Courthouse.

Drage said voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays through Nov. 1, and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

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