Wednesday, October 31, 2012

6 polling places to be open Tuesday, Nov. 6

In-person absentee voting ends Friday


By KATHERINE WUTZ
Express Staff Writer

Confused about where to vote? For those who live in Blaine County, there are only six possible places to go on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

All polling locations will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Nov. 6. Voters must go to their designated polls on Election Day, not to the Blaine County Elections Office, which will be closed.

Voters who live in Ketchum or Blaine County north of East Fork and Greenhorn Gulch Road are in Precincts 1, 3 or 4 and should vote at Hemingway Elementary School on Eighth Street in Ketchum, off Warm Springs Road near Atkinson Park.

Voters who live within the city limits of Sun Valley are in Precinct 2, and should vote at Sun Valley City Hall on Elkhorn Road, near the intersection of Elkhorn and Dollar roads.

Voters within the city of Hailey, in the Quigley area east of downtown Hailey and in Woodside—Precincts 5 through 11—should vote at the Community Campus on Fox Acres Road in Hailey, near Wood River High School. The area also includes parts of the unincorporated county south of East Fork Road on both sides of state Highway 75.

Bellevue and Poverty Flats residents, Precincts 12 and 13, can vote at Bellevue Elementary School on Fifth Street. Carey residents, Precinct 14, should vote at Carey City Hall on North Main Street. Gannett and Picabo residents, Precinct 15, should vote at the Silver Creek Convenience Store on U.S. Highway 20 in Picabo.

Voters who are unsure of which precinct they are in should visit the Blaine County Elections website, www.co.blaine.id.us, under the County Departments tab on the left side, or call 788-5510 for more information. People can also register to vote at the polls.

However, voters have another option through Friday: voting in-person absentee at the Old Blaine County Courthouse.

Blaine County Clerk JoLynn Drage said the courthouse will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for the rest of the week, including Friday, Nov. 2.

Drage said that while the most straightforward way into the building is up a long set of concrete stairs to the front entrance, voters who do not wish to take the stairs can enter through the alleyway in the back of the building, which leads almost directly to an elevator. 

There is also a ramp to the side of the front stairway that leads to a lower-floor elevator. Voters can take the elevator up to the lobby level, where the election office is located.

Each voter will need to bring photo ID or sign an affidavit confirming his or her identity. Accepted forms of identification include a driver’s license, a passport, a federal identification card, a student identification card or a tribal identification card.

In-person absentee voters also have to sign a request for the absentee ballot before voting.

Drage said that as of Monday 1,600 people had already come to vote at the courthouse.

“I just started entering the votes from [Monday], and I was up to 1,580,” she said on Monday afternoon. “It’s gone up exponentially.”

Drage said that in the 2008 election, Blaine County voters cast 4,653 absentee ballots, 3,000 of which were cast in person at the county courthouse. In 2008, nearly 77 percent of all registered Blaine County voters participated in the election.


Kate Wutz: kwutz@mtexpress.com




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