Voting information for Bonner County Friends

Posted on Thursday, May 3rd, 2018 by »
Photo by Ed Robinson

Photo by Ed Robinson

Have you heard about the upcoming advisory vote on the primary ballots in Bonner County this May? If not, learn more here!

While non-binding, this vote is incredibly important for the Scotchman Peaks becoming Wilderness. Without a strong victory, Senator Risch may not re-introduce the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Act, which is necessary for the Idaho portion to move forward.

On the ballot, you will be asked:

Do you favor Senator Jim Risch’s proposal for congressional designation of a 13,960 acre Scotchman Peaks Wilderness area in Bonner County?


Who can vote

This vote will be open to all registered voters in Bonner County, and the ballot question will appear on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots as well as a Non-Partisan ballot. You do not need to be registered as a Republican or Democrat to vote in favor of the Scotchman Peaks, you just need to be registered to vote!

Don’t know if you’re registered? Check here. Know you aren’t registered and would like to before Election Day? Fill out this form.

Absentee Voting

If you’ll be out of town on Election Day or don’t want to stand in line, you can submit a request for an absentee ballot. The last day to request an absentee ballot is May 4. Ballots are already being distributed to voters! To request a mail-in absentee ballot, fill out this form and mail it to:

Bonner County Election Administration
1500 Hwy 2, Suite 124
Sandpoint, ID 83864

Early Voting

In addition to mail-in absentee ballots, voters can visit the Elections office and vote in-person absentee. The office is located in the County Building at 1500 Hwy 2, Suite 124 in Sandpoint. Early voting is April 23-May 11.

How can I help beyond voting?

The campaign is looking for volunteers to help get out the vote as well as donations. For more information on volunteering, contact Britta Mireley at

About The Author:

Britta Mireley lives in Sagle with her husband and daughter. She's working for Wilderness so her daughter can create memories in the Scotchmans when she's grown up, just as Britta does today.

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