Ada County Voters Turning Out in Record Numbers to Vote Early in Midterm Election

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Voters across Ada County are turning out to the Ada County Elections Office in record numbers to vote early in this year's midterm election.

As of Oct. 24, approximately 4,000 people had cast early ballots. That's 200 more than had voted by this time in the 2010 midterm election, when, in the first 10 days of early voting, 3,800 people had cast their ballots. By the end of early voting in 2010, 7,705 people had cast ballots ahead of election day.

"It's been the highest it's ever been for a midterm election. It's been pretty steady. We expect over the next week it'll amp up," Chief Deputy to the Ada County Clerk Phil McGrane told Boise Weekly on Saturday morning. 

This is the first midterm election in which the Ada County Elections Office has been open on a Saturday. The practice of allowing the public to vote in the office on weekends began in the 2012 presidential election. There are a number of high-stakes elections this year, including those for the Ada County Highway District Board of Commissioners, Idaho treasurer and superintendent of public education. But McGrane pointed out that the surge may not reflect final voter turnout.

"It's a reflection of people shifting in how they're voting," he said.

Residents of Ada County will be able to vote early today between 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ada County Elections Office, located at 400 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise. The early voting process will continue through Friday, Oct. 31.