Idaho Secretary of State Ysursa promotes National Voter Registration Month; mailing absentee ballots begins this week

Sept. 25 is also National Voter Registration Day and Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is urging voters to be prepared for the Nov. 6 presidential election.

Idaho allows same-day registration on Election Day, but Ysrusa notes in a press release Monday that high turnout is expected and voters can save time by being registered in advance. The last day to pre-register is Oct. 12 and completed voter registration cards must be postmarked by that date.

Absentee ballots must be printed by county clerks by today and will begin to be mailed this week. Clerks must receive requests for mail-in ballots by Oct. 31 and completed ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Idaho purges voter registration rolls every four years, so Ysursa suggests voters check their registration status ahead of time.

“Participation is the essence of Democracy and I encourage all eligible voters to check their registration status online or with their County Clerk before going to the polls in November,” Ysursa said in the release.

To check your registration status online, visit idahovotes.gov.

Ysursa has been a fixture in the secretary of state's office since 1975 and became Idaho's chief election official in 2003, when he succeeded his boss, the legendary Pete Cenarrusa.

Ysursa's news release follows:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 17, 2012
Contact: The Office of the Secretary of State
208- 334-2852
elections@sos.idaho.gov
www.sos.idaho.gov
www.idahovotes.gov/

Secretary of State Ysursa Declares September National Voter Registration Month
Promotes Increased Awareness for the Friday, October 12, 2012 Voter Registration Deadline
& idahovotes.gov election resources

(Boise, Idaho) – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today joins fellow members of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) in reminding citizens that September 2012 is National Voter Registration Month. Secretary Ysursa is working with Idaho’s federal, state and local leaders to make eligible voters aware of registration deadlines and requirements for the November 6 general election.

“Participation is the essence of Democracy and I encourage all eligible voters to check their registration status online or with their County Clerk before going to the polls in November.” Ysursa commented.

Voters can check their registration status and find their polling place on idahovotes.gov. Complete information and registration cards are available on the website or voters can contact their County Clerk directly. The last day to pre-register in Idaho is Friday, October 12th. Completed registration cards must be postmarked by Friday, October 12th.

Eligible citizens who are 18 years of age or older may register to vote if they are a United State’s citizen and a resident in Idaho and in the county for 30 days prior to the election. Updating voter registration information is critical for people who have recently moved, changed their name, or had their voting rights restored under the law.

Idaho is one of eight states that offer Election Day Registration. However, voters can save time at the polls by registering early as turnout is historically high in presidential election years.

The National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) has also declared September 25, 2012, as National Voter Registration Day. For more information on voter registration and deadlines in Idaho, please visit idahovotes.gov today.

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