Early voter turnout high in Boundary County

The general election of 2020 is going to go down as having among the highest voter turnouts ever in a Boundary County election, and election day is still days away.

According to elections clerk Cherry Grainger, as of about 9:30 a.m. today, around 67-percent of the county’s registered voters had cast their ballots by mail or in-person early voting at the courthouse, and, she said early voting at the courthouse was brisk.

“With the votes already in, there are only about 1,250 county voters left who haven’t cast their ballot,” Grainger said. “Typically in a presidential year, we consider a 40- or 50-percent turn out pretty good.”

The 2016 general election saw a 91-percent voter turnout.

Those who choose to vote early have until 5 p.m. Friday to drop off their ballot in the manned lock box outside the front entrance at the courthouse, 6452 Kootenai Street in downtown Bonners Ferry.

County voters who so choose can vote in the more traditional manner at the usual polling sites from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, though COVID-19 protocols will be in effect, with voters asked to maintain social distancing of six feet away from others and to wear masks, if not to protect yourself, to respect and protect the election workers staffing the polls.