Absentee ballots won't get returned for insufficient postage, says Ada County clerk

Idaho's absentee ballots require 65 cents postage -- for the second ounce. One concerned voter contacted me worried that some voters may overlook the need for the extra 20 cents. A ballot returned for insufficient postage could miss the Nov. 6 deadline and not be counted.

Not to worry, says Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane.

"Ada County always makes arrangements with the Postal Service to pick up the additional cost if a ballot is returned with insufficient postage," McGrane said. "We don't ever want ballots to be returned and have the timing issue you mentioned."

Absentee ballots must be received by Idaho's 44 county clerks by 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.

McGrane also addressed a question from the fretting voter who wondered why Mitt Romney's name was listed first on her absentee ballot. Studies show the first name listed gets a small bump.

That's why ballot position is rotated. Said McGrane, "The names for all candidates are rotated between precincts. For this election absentee voters are receiving the exact same ballot they would receive at the polls. So different voters will see different name on top depending on what precinct they are in."

Early voting in person begins Monday and continues through Nov. 2. In Ada County, you may vote at the County Elections Office, 400 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise. Early voting is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

In Canyon County, voting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1102 E. Chicago St. in Caldwell.

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Dang Dems....

First cant push chad and now disenfranchised cause dont put on stamp....

Romney first this time, poor dems dont know that the second one on list is the current prez....maybe they need help at the booth?

Should read the ballot?

Drinking again?

I only see two things missing in your argument, clarity and punctuation.

Who's Clare?


You fry wants with that?

Thanks, Mr. McGrane!

It'd be terrible if someone got disenfranchised for the crime of not having a postal scale in their home. Thanks for realizing people make mistakes and stepping up to solve the problem.


There should be no postage required to mail absentee ballots.

send them by carrier pigeon then.


You fry wants with that?