It’s that time again; the time where each citizen has the opportunity to make a contribution to their community by exercising their Constitutionally given right to vote. This coming Tuesday November 3rd, 2009 the City General Election will be held. The polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. welcoming citizens to come inside and make their selection from the candidates on the ballot.
Many of you may not be aware of the election next week and may not know who and what you will be voting for. This year there are two City Council Seats that are up for election. The first is Council Seat No. 2. Running unopposed for this Seat is Brad Hoaglun. The second Council seat available is Seat No. 4. There are two candidates running for this Seat; listed alphabetically they are; Keith Bird and James Holtzclaw.
In order to participate and vote in this election a person must be over 18 years of age, a United States citizen, a resident of Meridian for at least 30 days prior to the election and must be registered to vote. If a citizen would like to vote but is not currently registered they may vote either absentee or on Election Day. On Election Day a citizen can register and vote at their polling location. To register to vote Citizens will need to provide proof of residency, such as a utility bill showing that their home address is located in the precinct, and a government issued picture identification; for example a Driver’s License or a Military Identification.
If you are unavailable to vote on Election Day or simply hope to avoid a line you may vote absentee in-person at City Hall in the Clerks Office (suite 104) until 5:00 p.m. on Monday November 2nd. City Hall is located at 33 East Broadway Avenue at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian. The City Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Polling places are found at four locations throughout the City. They are likely different then the location you may have voted at in the past for various Ada County Elections. Citizens are encouraged to confirm their polling location in advance to save on time and travel. You may click HERE for a map that will assist you in selecting your precinct and locating your polling location for the City Election.
Being part of the election process is an important and valued part of citizenship. We encourage citizens to step out on Election Day and ensure that their voice is heard by casting their vote. If you have any questions regarding elections, the voting process, or how to find your polling location please call the City Clerk’s Office at 208-888-4433 and a Clerk will be happy to assist you. More information regarding the election can be found on the City Clerk’s page on this site and by clicking HERE.