The 2020 General Election is right around the corner and local voters can expect to cast their votes at a polling place in each precinct of Benewah County.

Polling places will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 3.

Residents in the Benewah precinct can cast their ballots at the Benewah Community Building, Center precinct can vote at the Presbyterian Church, and College and St. Joe precinct voters will be able to vote at the courthouse.

Residents of Emida will be able to cast their ballots at the Emida Fire Station, Fernwood and Santa residents will be able to vote at the CAF Building in Fernwood.

Plummer residents will cast their ballots at the Plummer Bible Church and Tensed Voters can go to the Tensed Senior Citizen’s Building. St. Maries precinct voters will report to the Federal Building Conference room and Townsite precinct will vote at Benedictine Hall in St. Maries.

A full list of voting centers as well as addresses for each precinct can also be found on page 23 in this issues Public Notices.

Election Clerk, Lynn Ragan, wants to be sure to remind voters that they will need to be sure to return their absentee ballots to the courthouse by election day.

She said that the last day to in-person absentee vote is this Friday, October 30.

“If you still have your ballots also please don’t forget to sign the back of the envelope before returning,” Ms. Ragan said.

Ms. Ragan also said that those who plan to vote in person as asked to bring masks with them and to follow appropriate social distancing protocols where able.

“Social distancing should be observed at the polls as much as possible,” Ms. Ragan said. “There has been a lot of people who have expressed the desire to vote at the polling places.”

Ms. Ragan also wanted to remind voters to use the tools that can be found on idahovotes.gov, saying that voters can register to vote as well as check on the status of their mail-in ballots.

Voters can register to vote and vote through election day. Voting will stop at 8:00 p.m. and ballots will be counted. Those who wish to volunteer to count ballots at the courthouse can inquire with Ms. Ragan before election day.

For more information contact the Benewah County Auditors office at 208-245-3212.

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