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Phill McGrane
May 15, 2024

Voters Advised To Mail Absentee Ballots No Later Than Today

(Boise, Idaho) – Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane reminds voters that completed absentee ballots for the May 21st Primary Election must be returned to County Clerk Election offices or to an official Elections ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 21st to be counted. Voters returning completed ballots by USPS mail are encouraged to send them by close of business today.

Of the 67,255 absentee ballots issued statewide, 31,268 have been returned to county elections offices, with a return rate of 46.5%. Completed ballots must be returned to county elections offices by mail, in person, or in an official ballot drop box by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Important Dates & Deadlines for the May 21st Election

  • Early Voting (where applicable): Now through Friday, May 17th, 5:00 pm
  • Election Day: Tuesday, May 21st, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Absentee Ballots Due: Tuesday, May 21st, 8:00 pm

The Idaho Primary Election will include races for United States Representative, State Senate, State House of Representatives, County Commissioner, County Sheriff, County Prosecuting Attorney, Judges, and other local races and measures.

Many Idaho counties are also conducting early voting through May 17th. To see the list of counties offering early voting, visit Election Day polling locations are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on May 21st. Voters may find their polling location at

For more information about the May 21st Primary, please visit the official Idaho Secretary of State’s voting information website at

About Phil McGrane

Phil McGrane was elected Idaho’s twenty-eighth Secretary of State and took office on January 2, 2023. McGrane served as elected Clerk of Ada County from 2019-2022. McGrane holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, a juris doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. As a fourth-generation Idahoan, Phil has dedicated his career to making elections in the state of Idaho accessible, secure and transparent.