Twin Falls, Jerome Election Offices Keep Busy with Early Voting
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Early voting started this week in Jerome and Twin Falls counties, and representatives from both election offices say they’re keeping busy.
In Twin Falls, a few hundred people have already come into the elections office to cast their early vote.
“On Monday we had 308 early votes,” said Elections Director Valerie Varadi. “On Tuesday we had 268, and on Wednesday we had 216.”
That’s a bit more than what the office generally has seen in past elections, she said.
Early voting is a quick and easy process.
“Things are moving right along,” Varadi said. “If someone is registered, it takes only about five minutes.”
But what if you’re not registered to vote?
Bring your driver’s license to the elections office and sign up, she said, but you have to be ready to vote then and there. Or, you can register at your polling place on Nov. 8.
In Jerome, things were a little quieter this week but people are still coming in to cast their early ballots. About 80 people showed up at the elections office on Monday, said Jerome County Elections Supervisor Cy Lootens.
“Tuesday and Wednesday were a little slower,” he said. “I think the rain kept people away on Tuesday, but we had about 40 people show up on both Tuesday and Wednesday.”
He expects more people to visit the office before Nov. 4, the last day for early voting.
“I’ve mailed out quite a few ballots,” he said, noting more people are coming in to vote early than there was during the primary elections earlier this year.
As in Twin Falls, if you still need to register you can bring a photo ID to the Jerome County office and be prepared to vote at that time.
Otherwise, Oct. 14 was the last day to register for poll voting – except on Nov. 8 when you may also register at your precinct, Lootens said.
Both Lootens and Varadi say they expect Election Day to be busy. Presidential elections usually are, Varadi said – but there seems to be a different vibe with this year’s elections, thanks to the candidates, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald J. Trump, and their polar opposite stances on the issues.