Ada County elections envelope

Idaho is holding an all-absentee ballot election for the May 19 primary. Shown is the return envelope included with an Ada County ballot.

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Early voting is underway for Idaho’s all-absentee ballot primary election on May 19.

Though May 19 is the deadline to register to vote and request a ballot, voters have until 8 p.m. June 2 to return their completed ballot to their county clerk’s office.

All 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for reelection this year, as well as three congressional seats and a number of county positions.

U.S. Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, is unopposed in the Republican primary, but faces a challenge in the November general election. There are two candidates running in the Democratic Primary for the Senate seat, including former gubernatorial hopeful Paulette Jordan. Risch also will have an Independent and a Constitutional Party challenger in the general election.

Congressman Russ Fulcher, R-Idaho, will run in a primary against Nicholas Jones, of Boise. There are two Democrats running for the nomination as well and Fulcher also will face Libertarian candidate, Joe Evans, of Meridian, in the general election.

Congressman Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, will have a primary challenger, Kevin Rhoades, of Boise. C. Aaron Swisher, of Boise, is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Should Simpson prevail in the primary, he also will face Libertarian and Constitutional Party challengers in the general election.

Six state senators and 11 state representatives are retiring, leaving their seats empty. There are 12 primary election legislative races and 20 general election races in the Senate. Eleven state Senate candidates won’t face any challenge. In the House, there will be 32 primary election races and 41 general election races. Sixteen House candidates will not face a challenge in the primary or general elections.

According to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, Independent candidates will only appear on the general election ballot in November.

The Idaho Press partnered with the League of Women Voters of Idaho to produce an election guide with candidates surveys, which is included in today’s Meridian Press.

Rachel Spacek is the Latino Affairs and Canyon County reporter for the Idaho Press. You can reach her at rspacek@idahopress.com. Follow her on twitter @RachelSpacek.

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