Polls are open in the Treasure Valley and across Idaho (south of Grangeville) in the Mountain time zone. Polls will remain open 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa (who happens to be up for re-election today) says his poll watchers are predicting a high voter turnout, possibly as high as 60-65 percent.
There are approximately 201,500 registered voters in Ada County, and 8,178 people took advantage of early voting at the Ada Elections office. In addition, 18,081 absentee ballots were returned as of Monday. Elections officials will continue to accept ballots from people personally drop them off at the Elections Office on North Benjamin Lane until 8 p.m.
Some 865 elections workers are on duty across Ada County today, approximately 125 of which will be at election headquarters where they will begin counting absentee and early ballots this afternoon.
Officials with the Idaho District of the U.S. Attorney's Office are on duty today to take complaints of election fraud or voting irregularities. In addition, the FBI is poised to assign agents to handle any complaints of fraud, intimidation, suppression and other election abuses.
In Canyon County last week, at least two issues were raised during early voting. In one case, a ballot was mishandled at a voting station. In another instance, an election worker told at least two early voters that they couldn't sign an affidavit rather than show photo ID. New election laws in Idaho require voters to show ID, but the new rule clearly states that in lieu of ID, a voter may sign an affidavit.
In Northern Idaho, a Bonner County Republican accused a clerk of accepting absentee ballots that arrived in envelopes that had been tampered with. Democratic Bonner County Clerk Marie Scott called the allegation outrageous.
In Boise, voters can report any alleged improprieties with the U.S. Attorney's office at 208-334-1211 or the FBI's local office at 208-344-7843.