Canyon County election officials are poised to begin early voting Tuesday. Voters in Ada County will be able to cast their early ballots beginning next Monday, Oct. 15.
In Canyon County, voting will be available beginning Tuesday, Oct. 9 at the county's elections office at 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Beginning Oct. 15, early voting will get under way at the Ada County Elections Office at 500 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
It's estimated that at least a third of American voters will cast ballots before Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6.
Thirty-four states and the District of Columbia will offer early voting this year. Oregonians don't have a choice as elections are entirely by mail. Early birds are expected to rule the roost again in Colorado, where in 2008, nearly 80 percent of its votes were cast early.
"If you wait until the weekend prior to the election to release your stink bomb, you've lost Coloradans," said Michael McDonald, a George Mason University associate professor and expert in election statistics. "If you've got the game-changer, you've got to do that soon."
But early voters tend to be die-hard partisans, whose faith in their candidate is less apt to be shaken, political researchers say. Independents and undecided voters are more likely to vote on Election Day or just before.