Election deadlines approach

Absentee ballots must be requested by Wednesday

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COEUR d'ALENE - Kootenai County Clerk Jim Brannon issued a press release Monday to remind voters of two important election deadlines.

"Voters who want an absentee ballot mailed to them for the May 19 election need to submit their request by 5 p.m. Wednesday (this week)," Brannon wrote.

The absentee ballot request form can be downloaded from the county elections page at www.kcgov.us/elections. The form can be returned by mail, fax or email.

The county will cover the cost of postage when mailing out the ballots.

"Voters who want to vote early in person need to visit the county elections office by Friday (this week)," Brannon said in the release.

The elections office is located at 1808 Third St. in Coeur d'Alene. They are opened weekdays from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Registered voters should bring a photo identification with them to cast their ballots, or they may sign a personal identity affidavit instead.

New registrants, or voters who have moved or changed names, must re-register. To do that, they will need to bring a photo identification card and proof or residency, such as a utility bill or auto insurance with the voter's current address listed. Proof of residency must show the applicant has been at that address for at least 30 days prior to May 19.

Anyone with questions about residency should call the elections office at 446-1030.

Meanwhile the elections office will be conducting a Logic and Accuracy test for the May 19 consolidated election.

They will be testing the DS850 ballot tabulator on May 18 from 2 to 3 p.m. This test will be conducted at the elections office.

The test is open to the public. Anyone wanting to attend should contact elections manager Carrie Phillips by Friday at 446-1035.

The Kootenai County commissioners will canvass the results of the election on May 28 at 4 p.m. in the commissioners' board room, located on the third floor of the County Administration Building at 451 Government Way in Coeur d'Alene. The meeting is open to the public.

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