As we’ve said before, we’ve made a pact with the IRS to be utterly and completely non-partisan and therefore we cannot take sides in campaigns for political office. Still, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about the mechanics of the upcoming primary election, so we thought we’d pass along this information we received today from Conservation Voters for Idaho:
Several races will be decided in Tuesday’s election, so it is important to cast your vote in the Primary Election, as well as the General Election in November.
You can register to vote in person at your polling place by showing a current and valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
See www.IdahoVotes.Gov for information.
Please note: Idaho does NOT have party registration, you can vote either the Republican or the Democratic ballot–but not both! You will receive both ballots when voting and if you mark choices on both ballots your vote will be disqualified.
We’re told, by the way, that Idaho’s same-day voter registration law has its origins in the eruption of the Mount St. Helens volcano. The registration deadline, evidently, came as people were hunkered down in their houses because of the ash, so officials decided to extend the deadline to election day. UPDATE: We don’t think this is true. See comment below.)