I proudly went and voted early Friday at the Meridian City Hall and it was an incredibly easy experience. There are a few things you should know before you go, though...

  1. Voting early is EASY! You can do it on your lunch break! I was in and out in five minutes tops at Meridian City Hall. But you don't have to show up there to vote, there are plenty of other early voting locations in the Treasure Valley to make it easy for you to cast your vote in this incredibly important election. Read about those here!
  2. Yes, Kanye West is on the ballot here, there's also these guys named Trump and Biden, but guess what, that's not all you have to look at. There's actually a ton of bubbles to fill in and while you are allowed to leave them blank, it might be helpful to know what else is on the ballot before heading in there. Check out a sample ballot here. I didn't know I'd be asked questions about the College Of Western Idaho so I ended up leaving those blank. Best to know before you go.
  3. What to bring... If you're a registered voter in Idaho, you need to bring your Idaho Driver's License or a passport for identification purposes. Also, wear a mask because you'll be asked to put one on before you head into your polling place/precinct.
  4. What not to bring... You're not allowed to wear candidate specific clothing and hats so while you may be excited to rep your guy on election day, you'll be advised not to. Also, many polling places are in schools so while you may legally be able to carry elsewhere, schools are off limits.
  5. Lastly, the people working are volunteers and they've been asked to enforce these rules (masks, clothing, guns, etc.) so respect how patriotic it is for these people to volunteer to work one of the most tumultuous Presidential elections in history and try and get in and out without causing too much trouble for them.

Lastly, grab your "I voted" sticker and be proud that you participated in the process. As a good friend of mine used to say, "if you don't vote, you can't b**ch". Voting gives you the pass to complain about the outcome of the election, or the President and other political figured but if you don't vote, you don't really have much of a leg to stand on. Take care of yourself and let's respect our fellow Americans and get through this election and the months to follow.

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