Voting early is simple, with several ways to cast absentee ballots.
Voters can do so in person at the county’s absentee polling place in the basement of the Teton County Administration Building, 200 S. Willow St., which is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. That station will not be open on Election Day, however, when people must vote at one of five voting centers.
Early absentee ballots can be obtained by going in person to the elections office, calling 733-4430, emailing email@example.com or filling out a form on the elections office website.
Teton County Elections Senior Deputy Clerk Kellie Dickerson said the “easiest way” to request a ballot is to call, but it’s up to individual voters.
Voters can return ballots to a secure drop box outside the northwest entrance to the County Administration Building or bring them to the downstairs absentee polling location. They can also mail them to the address on the envelope that comes with the ballots.
Absentee ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted. Dickerson recommended using the drop box over mail closer to that deadline.
“Say it’s two or three days before the election,” she said. “At that point I wouldn’t stick the ballot in the mail. I would stick it in the drop box.”
In a change from the August primary, five voting locations will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, though voting at the Teton County Library’s Alta branch and Teton County Weed and Pest campus, which serves Hoback, will look different.
Both locations closed for the primary due to insufficient floor space to accommodate physical distancing as a precaution against spreading the virus that causes COVID-19.
But Dickerson said the Teton County Clerk’s Office was able to secure larger spaces in both areas. Voting will take place throughout the entire Alta library, rather than in its smaller community room. At Weed and Pest headquarters, people will vote in the larger shop, which is on the same property.
“We’re just able to space everybody out better,” Dickerson said.
Officials said voting in person may take a little more time than usual.
Anyone in line at 7 p.m. Election Day at one of the five voting centers will have the chance to cast a ballot. Voters can register the day of, but waiting to register at the polls might take a few minutes longer than usual.