Boise Runoff Election FAQ

Boise RUNOFF ELECTION: what you need to know

Boise will have a runoff election for the first time in the city’s history. Here’s everything you need to know about this unprecedented election:

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Q: What is a runoff?

A: If no candidate gets a majority (50% of the vote plus one), Boise city code calls for a runoff election between the two candidates who received the most votes within 30 days of the Election. Whichever candidate receives the majority of votes in the runoff election wins the seat.

Q: When is the runoff?

A: December 3, 2019

Q: When are the polls open?

A: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Q: Who is on the ballot?

A: David H. Bieter and Lauren McLean

Q: Where can I learn more about the candidates?

A: Learn more about David H. Bieter here and more about Lauren McLean here.

Q: When and where is early voting?

A: Early voting will start Nov. 18 and will only be available at City Hall and at the Ada County Elections office on 400 N. Benjamin Ln. #100. There will be no mobile voting, no early voting on Thanksgiving, no Saturday early voting.

Q: Do I vote at my normal polling place? 

A: Polling places will be set Tuesday, Nov. 12. Stay tuned.

Q: Can I still vote absentee?

A: Absentee ballots still will be available for those who want to vote by mail and will automatically go out to anyone who got one for the regular election. Absentee ballots will start to be mailed out Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Q: What forms do I need to fill out to request an absentee ballot?

A: In order to request an absentee ballot, you have two options:

  1. Write on a piece of paper your name, the address at you’re registered, where you would like your ballot to be mailed and your signature, and mail it to the Ada County Elections Office, 400 N. Benjamin Ln. #100.


2. Fill out this form: and mark “Emergency election to be held 12/3.”

You can request an absentee ballot until Nov. 22, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Q: When do I need to turn in my absentee ballot?

A: Absentee ballots must be handed in at the Ada County Elections Office, 400 N. Benjamin Ln. #100, by 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Q: Can I register now? 

A: The last day to pre-register is Friday, Nov. 8.

Q: Can I still register at the polls?

A: New voters will still be able to register at the polls on Dec. 3, 2019.

Q: I didn’t vote on November 5. Can I still vote on December 3?

A: Yes, you can still vote in a runoff even if you didn’t vote on Election Day.

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