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TITLE 34
ELECTIONS
CHAPTER 10
ABSENTEE VOTING
34-1002.  Application for absentee ballot. (1)  Any registered elector may make written application to the county clerk, or other proper officer charged by law with the duty of issuing official ballots for such election, for an official ballot or ballots of the kind or kinds to be voted at the election. The application shall contain the name of the elector, the elector's home address, county, and address to which such ballot shall be forwarded.
(2)  In order to provide the appropriate primary election ballot to electors, in the event a political party elects to allow unaffiliated electors to vote in that party's primary election pursuant to section 34-904A, Idaho Code, the elector shall designate, as part of the written application for a ballot for primary elections, the elector's party affiliation or designation as "unaffiliated." The application shall contain checkoff boxes for "unaffiliated" electors by which such electors shall indicate for which party's primary ballot the "unaffiliated" elector chooses to vote. Provided however, that no political party's primary election ballot shall be provided to an "unaffiliated" elector for a political party that has not elected to allow "unaffiliated" electors to vote in that political party's primary election pursuant to section 34-904A, Idaho Code. If an "unaffiliated" elector does not indicate a choice of political party's primary election ballot, the elector shall receive a nonpartisan ballot.
(3)  In order to provide the appropriate primary election ballot to electors, in the event one (1) or more political parties elect to allow electors affiliated with a different political party to vote in that party's primary election, the application shall contain checkoff boxes by which such electors may indicate the primary ballot in which the elector wishes to vote.
(4)  For electors who are registered to vote as of January 1, 2012, and who remain registered electors, the elector shall designate, as part of the written application for a ballot for the 2012 primary elections, the elector's party affiliation or designation as "unaffiliated." The application shall contain checkoff boxes for "unaffiliated" electors by which such electors shall indicate for which party's primary election ballot the "unaffiliated" elector chooses to vote, pursuant to section 34-904A, Idaho Code. Provided however, that no political party's primary election ballot shall be provided to an "unaffiliated" elector for a political party that has not elected to allow "unaffiliated" electors to vote in the party's primary election pursuant to section 34-904A, Idaho Code. If an "unaffiliated" elector does not indicate a choice of political party's primary election ballot, the elector shall receive a nonpartisan ballot. After the 2012 primary election, the county clerk shall record the party affiliation or "unaffiliated" designation so selected on the application for an absentee ballot as part of such an elector's record within the voter registration system as provided for in section 34-437A, Idaho Code.
(5)  After the 2012 primary election, electors who remain registered voters and who did not vote in the 2012 primary elections and who make written application for an absentee ballot shall be designated as "unaffiliated" electors as provided in section 34-404, Idaho Code, and such electors shall be given the appropriate ballot for such "unaffiliated" designation pursuant to the provisions of this act.
(6)  An elector may not change party affiliation or designation as "unaffiliated" on an application for absentee ballot. For primary elections, an elector may change party affiliation or designation as "unaffiliated" as provided for in section 34-411A, Idaho Code.
(7)  The application for an absent elector's ballot shall be signed personally by the applicant. The application for a mail-in absentee ballot shall be received by the county clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on the sixth day before the election. An application for in person absentee voting at the absent elector's polling place described in section 34-1006, Idaho Code, shall be received by the county clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Application for an absentee ballot may be made by using a facsimile machine or other electronic transmission. In the event a registered elector is unable to vote in person at the elector's designated polling place on the day of election because of an emergency situation which rendered the elector physically unable, the elector may nevertheless apply for an absent elector's ballot by notifying the county clerk within ninety-six (96) hours prior to the closing of the polls. No person may, however, be entitled to vote under an emergency situation unless the situation claimed rendered the elector physically unable to vote at the elector's designated polling place within ninety-six (96) hours prior to the closing of the polls.
(8)  A person may make application for an absent elector's ballot by use of a properly executed federal post card application as provided for in the laws of the United States known as uniformed and overseas citizens absentee voting act (UOCAVA, 42 U.S.C. 1973 ff, et seq., as amended). The issuing officer shall keep as a part of the records of such officer's office a list of all applications so received and of the manner and time of delivery or mailing to and receipt of returned ballot.
(9)  The county clerk shall, not later than seventy-five (75) days after the date of each general election, submit a report to the secretary of state containing information concerning absentee voters as required by federal law.

History:
[34-1002, added 1970, ch. 140, sec. 163, p. 351; am. 1972, ch. 157, sec. 1, p. 349; am. 1973, ch. 304, sec. 7, p. 646; am. 1976, ch. 353, sec. 2, p. 1166; am. 1987, ch. 167, sec. 1, p. 328; am. 1994, ch. 122, sec. 2, p. 272; am. 1995, ch. 215, sec. 12, p. 752; am. 2002, ch. 236, sec. 1, p. 707; am. 2003, ch. 48, sec. 11, p. 186; am. 2010, ch. 332, sec. 1, p. 881; am. 2011, ch. 319, sec. 9, p. 934; am. 2013, ch. 135, sec. 4, p. 309.]

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