Voters in Idaho (and three other states) go to the polls Tuesday, May 15, to pick candidates who will contend for a range of local, state, and federal posts in November. Open seats for Congress, governor and lieutenant governor have aroused more interest than usual for an off-year election. That is reflected in the growth of voter registrations, to 809,720 as of May 3, compared with a total of 716,424 registered for the May 2016 primary. Despite some vocal optimism among progressives, however, several candidates are unopposed, and, without some serious write-in challenges, those candidates will advance unopposed in November as well.
Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Absentee ballots must be returned to county clerks’ offices by 8 p.m. The Republican and Constitution parties have closed primaries, meaning only voters affiliated with those parties can vote for their respective candidates. The Democratic Party is holding an open primary, and anyone can vote for that party's candidates, as long as they have not voted on another party's ballot. For a complete list of the candidates on state ballots, click here.
The complete and official Idaho Votes guide is here.
To find out where you vote, click here.
For the Ballotpedia summaries of the candidates, click here.