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How To Request Your Ballot Online

The State of Idaho has made the Primary Election an “absentee only” voting process. This means you need to request an absentee ballot which you can send in to place your vote.

There are multiple ways to request your ballot. The Secretary of State’s office mailed ballot request forms to registered voters’ addresses, but you can also request your ballot online.  All ballot requests must be received by your County Clerk by May 19 at 8 PM, and election results will be final June 2.


The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office has a user-friendly website called that makes it easy to request a ballot online.

Step One: Are you a registered voter?

If you are already a registered voter and don’t need to update your personal information, skip to step 2!

If you are not a registered voter or need to update your personal information, you can do so through this portal:

If you are not sure, you can check here:

Step Two: Your ballot request form

Start your absentee ballot request through IdahoVotes.Gov by selecting the link here:

To get started, click on “Begin My Absentee Ballot Request.”

You can fill out your ballot request form online if you know your Social Security number and have a valid Idaho ID by clicking “Online Absentee Ballot Request.”

If you don’t have a state-issued ID, or you would rather fill out a paper form, don’t worry! You can get a physical request form by clicking “Paper Absentee Request Form,” and the form will appear immediately for you to print.

Step Three: Filling out your ballot request

In Idaho, Primary Elections are based on party affiliation, so the political party you select on your request form will affect what party’s ballot you receive.

You must select a political party if you want to vote for candidates affiliated with that party. Non-partisan ballots do not contain candidates from all parties; they contain bonds, levies, measures, and non-partisan positions.

If you have accessibility concerns and require assistance, you can contact your County Clerk directly HERE.

With these major changes in Idaho’s voting process, it is important to help our families and friends understand how to cast their votes. Regardless of political preferences, we must make sure our neighbors know how to make their voices heard.

Election Voting Process and Timeline Changes

The State of Idaho has made the upcoming Primary Election  an “absentee only” voting process. This means that polling locations won’t be physically open; instead, you will need to request an absentee ballot which you can mail in to place your vote.

The State has also issued a timeline change: you can request a ballot through May 19, and the election results will be final June 2nd.

A few important dates to remember:

You are currently able to request your absentee ballot online HERE

MAY 19
Deadline to register to vote, which you can do HERE
Ballot Request Deadline; must be received by your County Clerk or submitted online by 8 PM

June 2
Ballot Deadline; must be received by 8 PM
Election is Final

There are multiple ways to request your absentee ballot. You can request your ballot online HERE, or you can respond to a request form that will be mailed to your current registered voter address from the Secretary of State’s office within the next two weeks. If your address or personal information has changed, you can update it HERE. If you have accessibility concerns and require assistance, you can contact your County Clerk directly HERE.

It is extremely important to help our families and neighbors understand this election change and help them cast their votes for the Primary Election. Regardless of party affiliation and personal viewpoints, making our voices heard is a privilege that many brave men and women have fought and died for.

Possible Economic Actions During Time of Emergency

The Trump administration and U.S. Senate is working on a major economic stimulus package. So far, here’s what I’ve put on the table for discussion.

• Temporary deregulation: Require every agency to “scrub” their rules, and suspend significant regulations that will reduce costs for the economy, for the duration of the emergency.

• “Advance” on tax refunds: For people that do not meet the minimum income threshold for filing federal income taxes: An “advance” or pre-payment on fed tax refunds of $5,000—roughly equal to the average refund for the 2019 and 2020 tax years combined. This refund could gradually be recouped through the with-holding of future refunds or by setting recovery surcharge after emergency ends.

• Reduction of the pass-through tax rate: To help small businesses (likely to be hit hardest) of fifty or fewer employees, which make up a majority of businesses in most parts of the country.

• Modification of the net operating loss (NOL) assessment: The TCJA eliminated “carrybacks” and permitted unlimited “carryforwards” of NOLs instead. New policy could once again allow businesses to carryback to more profitable times, or, it could allow firms to draw down NOLs by making them refundable.

• Elimination of paid-leave mandates: Most small business owners are primarily concerned with preserving liquidity and guaranteeing their future solvency. Paid-leave mandates could inadvertently force some of these rattled small businesses to lay off workers permanently.

• Protection of industries from regulatory takings: Allow businesses forced to close or pare back operations (i.e. airline companies, restaurants) due to government mandates a reprieve from regulatory takings via temporary, interest-free loans provided through the Treasury Department.

• Expansion of tax deductions and/or credits for individuals who work from home: The coronavirus may spur more permanent changes in workforce behavior. In addition to expanding existing tax deductions for individuals who work from home, we could make deductions more flexible to account for any “gig” work that individuals may be forced to take on in the short-term.

• Expansion of tax deductions and/or credits for individuals who start a business: Some entrepreneurial individuals may see the current crisis as an opportunity to leave their current jobs entirely and start their own businesses.

• “Pause” or extension on foreclosures/evictions/repossessions for homeowners, business owners, and car owners: Underscore the words “pause” or “extension”. The Trump admin and some states are moving toward this. Federal law may help.

• Expansion of Health Savings Accounts: We should make it even easier for consumers to use pre-tax dollars on a wide range of services, including suspending the requirement that HSAs can only be used with a high deductible health plan, for at least the duration of the emergency.

• Reduction or elimination of FDA regulations on non-invasive medical devices: These reductions could be expanded to include DIY COVID-19 test kits.

• Clarification and codification of Trump administration efforts to ease telehealth restrictions: President Trump has already begun to lift restrictions for Medicare patients, but not for other populations. These additional restrictions could be lifted for the duration of the emergency.

• Waiving out-of-state medical licensing requirements: This reform is already happening slowly on a state-by-state level, but could be mandated, for the duration of the emergency, at the federal level.

Russ Fulcher Receives New Endorsements From Conservative Pro-Family Groups

Meridian, ID – This week, two more national conservative groups with a history of defending conservative values nationwide endorsed Republican candidate for Congress Russ Fulcher.

The Family Research Council, a conservative organization famous for its defense of religious liberty and family values policies, and The Campaign for Working Families, a distinguished pro-family and pro-free enterprise organization, both released statements expressing their support for Russ Fulcher for Congress.

The Campaign For Working Families called Fulcher a “not a ‘politics as usual’ candidate. He is a leader,” while the Family Research Council expressed their confidence that Fulcher will be a “principled advocate for Constitutional limited government, for individual liberties, and for strong family values.”

Fulcher called the endorsements validation of his pro-family record, saying “The Family Research Council and the Campaign for Working Families are two of the leading pro-family organizations in the country. That they would support me in a crowded race confirms what our campaign has been saying all along: no other candidate can match my record of fighting for policies that promote pro-life and pro-family values.

David Bossie and Citizens United Endorse Russ Fulcher

Russ Fulcher, candidate for Idaho’s 1st Congressional District, is pleased to announce that the Citizens United Political Victory Fund has endorsed his candidacy.

Citizens United is dedicated to restoring government’s control back to the people. They are most well-known for their advocacy of freedom of speech as guaranteed by the First Amendment.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United and former Deputy Campaign Manager for President Trump’s campaign, released a statement today saying, “Along with Citizens United Political Victory Fund, I’m proud to endorse principled conservative Russ Fulcher for Congress in Idaho’s 1st CD. Russ is a strong supporter of President Trump’s agenda and I look forward to working with him!”

“Citizens United and I share the same goal to shrink the size of government and bring the control back to the people,” Fulcher said, “I am deeply honored to have their support.”

Fact/Check: Obamacare in Idaho

In a recent ad produced by one of our opponent’s campaign, the candidate makes one of the boldest claims we’ve heard this ad season: by joining Governor Otter in creating a state Obamacare exchange in Idaho, they stopped Obamacare from coming to Idaho. The ad states:

“When Butch Otter & Luke Malek stopped Obama from running Idaho’s healthcare, Fulcher whined and fought it.”

Our opponent’s campaign would like you to believe that what was established in Idaho was, in fact, not Obamacare. But it was, and we know that because President Obama himself used Idaho as a specific example of a state doing the federal government’s bidding by establishing an state Obamacare exchange. Listen to the video below:

In the video above, President Obama makes light of the confusion surrounding Obamacare by joking that he doesn’t care whether people think it’s Obamacare or their own state solution — because it is all the same thing. It is that same confusion that now our opponent wants to use to hide his past support for increasing the federal government’s involvement in our healthcare system. 

Establishing a state Obamacare exchange was not insignificant. Idaho became the only Republican-dominated state to launch its own health insurance exchange. [Source] The exchange also came at a significant cost to Idahoans: the healthcare policies of 105,000 were canceled [Source]  and Idaho spent $70 million building a state website that duplicated costs, since it does exactly the same thing the federal state exchange website does . [Source]

In addition to misleading voters on his own record, our opponent wants to mislead voters on Russ Fulcher’s record. “Whining and fighting” is a liberal interpretation of what Russ Fulcher actually did in response to the creation of a state Obamacare exchange.

As an Idaho Senator, Russ Fulcher led a coalition of conservative legislators that fought the establishment of a state Obamacare exchange. In fact, the exchange was one of the primary reasons why Fulcher challenged Governor Otter in 2014, coming within single digits of three-term Otter after campaigning for only five months. This ad was produced in 2014, and in the intervening years we’ve seen Idaho’s healthcare premiums skyrocket. In 2017, Idahoans saw a 27% increase on their healthcare premiums, on average. [Source]

Fulcher Vows To Fight D.C. Control (Priest River Times)


Judd Wilson | Priest River Times

Priest River – Republican candidate for Congress, Russ Fulcher, came to Priest River on a hot Timber Days parade day and brought revellers welcome relief: free, cold bottles of water. When he gets to D.C., though, he plans on turning up the heat — on the federal government.

Job one is to “right-size control between the federal government and the state,” he said. Right now, locals and the state have to react to whatever Washington D.C. says. Fulcher explained that his aim is to decrease the inflence and control of the federal government and return power to the people.

“If you put decision making authority in the hands of locals, it tends to work out better,” he said.