November 3 Election in October

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Some of you have already voted for Boise City Council. Deputy City Clerk Wendy Burrows-Johnson tells citydesk that the city has received about 700 to 800 absentee ballot requests and that early voting began this morning at the Ada County Elections Office at 400 N. Benjamin Lane.

Early voting runs through Nov. 2, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and the office will remain open until 5 p.m. on Nov. 2 for last minute early voters. Candidates Lucas Baumbach and Dan Dunham announced earlier today they were going to vote early, today.

Burrows-Johnson said absentee requests are still coming in and that the city is sending out ballot request forms soon to voters in newly consolidated precincts along with information on their new polling places.

People are voting way too early these days. We're not opposed to early voting, but it makes it much tougher to plan election coverage. That's part of the reason we launched Electionland, to provide an ongoing forum throughout the voting season.

But there are still plenty of chances to get educated on the candidates, if you have not yet voted, or even if you have.

The AM talk radio set will meet with all eight Boise City Council candidates on Saturday at the Doubletree Riverside for a “Town Hall style debate” moderated by KBOI talker Nate Shelman. Then, on Monday it’s the Northenders letting the candidates share. On Wednesday, the civic types—League of Women Voters, American Association of University Women and the Idaho Statesman—will grill the same eight guys and gals at the Boise Public Library at a time-tested forum hosted by time-tested moderator Jim Weatherby of Boise State. The third option, for you alternatives types, as we've mentioned, is to log on to electionland.boiseweekly.com and ask the candidates anything you want, raw and uncut.

Candidate forums that we know of:
KBOI, 3-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, Doubletree Riverside, 2900 Chinden Boulevard or at 670 AM KBOI.
North End Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 26, Hyde Park Mennonite Church, 1520 N. 12th Street.
League of Women Voters, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 28, Boise Public Library auditorium, 715 S. Capitol Boulevard. And Electionland.boiseweekly.com. All free.