Civic Engagement April Update

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269,467 

That’s the total number of voters who participated in Idaho’s 2018 Primary Election, the highest number of Idahoans to ever vote in the primaries. For this year’s Primary Election on May 17, we ask you to join an even greater number of Idahoans to make our voices heard at the polls! We can do this by making plans to early vote, vote absentee, or vote at your polling location. Also, make sure to check in with your family, neighbors, and friends in case they haven’t made plans to vote. Voting can – and should be – celebrated! CVI believes that a healthy democracy is critical to protecting Idaho’s clean air, clean water and public lands for all Idahoans.   

We are excited to share that we have officially launched a voter education website in both English and Spanish! Aimed at reducing barriers to voting in Idaho, Contamosidaho.org is a community resource for all Idahoans. This website contains information on all the steps Idahoans can take to make sure their voices are heard at the polls. We wish to thank our partners who make up the Contamos Idaho Coalition and Idaho’s Latinx leaders who have led and continue to lead the way for fairness and inclusion in Idaho’s democracy. 

Early voting has started this week and will run through Friday, May 13. In Idaho, each county clerk is in charge of administering early vote times and locations so make sure to check in with your county clerk’s office to find out where to vote. You can also register to vote at the polls during the early voting window. Just make sure you bring a photo ID and mail that displays your name and current address. 

DON’T FORGET: The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot to vote by mail is this Friday, May 6 at 5 p.m., but you should request your ballot as soon as possible to allow time for processing and mailing.

Our partners at PODER of Idaho and the Hispanic Cultural Center of Idaho are hosting the inaugural Latinos Unidos Conference. The Latinos Unidos Conference aims to highlight policy advocacy and analysis specific to Idaho, as well as build a foundation for equity, justice, and economic prosperity for the Latino community. Our Civic Engagement Coordinator, Antonio Hernandez, will deliver a keynote speech on the redistricting work he led in 2021. Over 150 people are expected to attend! 

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