A lawsuit filed by U.S. Congressional candidate Nicholas Jones was decided Friday in his favor, and it gives voters in Idaho one extra week to request an absentee ballot to vote in the 2020 primary.
Jones filed suit after the Idaho Secretary of State website crashed several times May 19, the deadline set for requesting a ballot in this tumultuous COVID-19 pandemic year.
"The concern is those who had access to the internet understood that they could rely on that, that they could use the website, and it did not work," U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in granting voters more time.
With the ruling, voters now have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, request an absentee ballot, either by calling the county clerk or via the secretary of state's website, idahovotes.gov. The Boundary County Clerk's office can be reached at (208) 267-2242.
Clerk Glenda Poston said today that 56-percent of registered county voters had requested absentee ballots by the May 19 deadline, which would have been election day but for the pandemic. If all who requested absentee ballots return them by the new election day, 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, Poston said, it will set a record as the highest turnout in a Boundary County primary election.
Ballots must be in the clerk's office by 8 p.m. June 2 to be counted; Poston advises returning them as soon as possible, especially if you mail them in. Waiting until the week of June 1 will mean your vote will likely not count.
Voters can drop off their ballots outside the front door of the Boundary County Courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street, Bonners Ferry, around the clock until 8 p.m. Tuesday.