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Posted: Saturday, September 22, 2012 12:00 am

COEUR d'ALENE - Voting by absentee ballot remains a popular choice in Kootenai County.

Friday, the county mailed out 4,885 absentee ballots. Many like the convenience of voting absentee, instead of waiting for election day.

The number of Kootenai County registered voters is up about 10 percent over the 2008 election.

The basics of voting absentee:

- The County Elections Office is the absentee polling place for federal, state, county and local taxing district elections. You may vote in person about three weeks prior to an election. Absentee voting closes the Friday before an election.

- To vote by mail the application for an absentee ballot must be signed by the elector and include the physical address and mailing address if different. The latest date to request a ballot by mail is six days prior to the election. Absentee requests must be done on an annual basis as they are only good for one calendar year at a time.

- Requests for mailed absentee ballots are available at the county's website: www.kcgov.us/elections/AbsenteeBallotApplication.pdf

The Kootenai County Election Office is at 1808 N. Third St.

Info: 446-1030

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  • cedarincda posted at 1:00 pm on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    cedarincda Posts: 29

    I certainly understand that there are circumstances where absentee voting is necessary, but for me, there was always a special feeling when I would go in person and cast my vote. I felt like I was part of the great history and way of life of America. However, I understand that is not the way everyone feels.
    The important thing is to let your voice be heard .

  • concernedcitizen posted at 10:18 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    concernedcitizen Posts: 2530

    I wonder if they will be opening as they are received like they did under the guide of English? HMMMMM Just a thought. lol

  • Proudmom posted at 7:18 am on Sun, Sep 23, 2012.

    Proudmom Posts: 3

    My son is in the Navy. He mailed me his completed ballot request, and I personally delivered it to the elections office to make sure all was correct.. The ladies there made sure he was in the system and that his address was accurate. Fortunately, he will be available to vote before he goes out to sea again next month. I promise you haydenator, he is not "anonymous and faceless!!"

  • AnonymousCda posted at 7:22 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    AnonymousCda Posts: 350

    Soon Mail in voting will be the norm. I love mail in voting so you have time to take a look at the issues, and the wording, also able to check who is actually running an not depend on the news media and propaganda from advertising as much so as in the pass.

    Not many good choices for Presidents, I say vote for the Green Party Jill Stain, or Write In Bradley Manning for President 2012.

  • haydenator posted at 2:03 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    haydenator Posts: 205

    Absentee voting. The delight of the liberals. This way cheating is anonymous and faceless!! YIPEE!!

  • LTRLTR posted at 12:24 pm on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    LTRLTR Posts: 1171

    I saw that the above headline is misleading. Absentee ballots are being mailed out. Voting absentee does not start until Oct. 9. See below infor from the county web.

    "Voting Absentee: In-person voting will be available at the Elections Office 8AM to 5PM Tuesday October 9th through Friday November 2nd. The Elections office will also be open two Saturdays October 20th and October 27th from 9AM to 3PM for in-person voting. Mailed absentee ballots must be requested by 5PM October 31, 2012, using the form available here. The request can be dropped off, mailed or faxed to the Elections Office."

  • Tim Herzog posted at 7:05 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    Tim Herzog Posts: 414

    Absentee voting is more popular because many of us have busy schedules and don't want to miss the opportunity on November 6th if something comes up.

    Just realize that in this election there are WRITE-IN candidates for some positions that will not be named on the ballot. In case you don't know, you can ask when you go to vote and they will tell you who and what position that candidate has filed for. I believe the same thing holds true if you call the Elections Office on 3rd.

    I AM a WRITE-IN candidate for District 1, County Commissioner. That seat is presently held by Todd Tondee so you DO have a CHOICE! Please consider voting for me:

    I am 'officially endorsed' by Kootenai County Deputy Sheriff's Association and supported by many county employees. I am available to speak to your group or organization.

    The Common Sense Candidate "It's time for a positive difference"

    Thank you...Tim Herzog (208) 651-0566

  • voxpop posted at 4:01 am on Sat, Sep 22, 2012.

    voxpop Posts: 738

    Voting by absentee ballot is the bane of the republican legislature. Can't be allowing too many of the great unwashed the chance to offer an opinion.

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