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Idaho’s online Primary election explained

Secretary of State Lawerence Denney press conference

BOISE, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) – The May 19 Idaho primary election will continue as scheduled but will have a few changes.

The Secretary of State Lawrence Denney outlined a few more details Wednesday on how the mail-in ballots will work.

Voters will need to request a ballot for the election. You can request a ballot online or from their local county clerk at

Or voters can wait until a request form is mailed to their homes in the next 7 to 10 days Denney said.

The last day to register to vote will be May 19. The last day to request a ballot will be May 19. Election day is still May 19.

Even though you can register and request a ballot on May 19, voters will have two weeks to mail the ballot back.

Denney said people should do it early and not wait until the last minute.

The ballots will come with a pre-paid envelope to return to the county clerks.

Denney said the ballots will be counted on June 2 and results will be released that same day.

Denney said they have received federal funding to help pay for some of the election costs.

Denney wasn't sure what the total amount will be to fund the primary election.

You can watch his press conference below.

Governor Little, Secretary Denney and legislative leaders announced earlier this week Idaho’s primary election will remain on May 19, and the election will be conducted by mail pursuant to the existing laws for absentee voting due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus.

You can request an absentee ballot HERE.

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