The general election is set for next Tuesday, Nov. 4, with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There are several contested races, which have been drawing interest, especially the local legislative races.
District 8 Republican incumbents State Senator Lee Heinrich and State Representatives Ken Roberts and Paul Shepherd are being challenged by Democrats Richard Adams, Randy Doman and Jim Rehder respectively.
Contested races at the county level are for Sheriff and Idaho County Commissioner.
The Sheriff race is a 3-way race between Republican Doug Giddings, Democrat Carlos Martinez and write-in candidate Herb Lindsey.
For second district County Commissioner Republican James Rockwell and Democrat Shelley Dumas are vying for the seat being vacated by Doman.
Republican incumbent Skip Brandt is unopposed for First District County Commissioner as is Kirk MacGregor for County Prosecutor.
There are also contested races for Congressman and Senator. Republican incumbent Congressman Bill Sali is being challenged by Democrat Walt Minnick.
Several candidates are vying for Larry Craigís Senate position. Former Democratic Congressman Larry LaRocco and Republican Jim Risch, the current Lieutenant Governor are the major party candidates while Libertarian Kent Marmon and independents Rex Rammell and Pro-Life (yes thatís his legal name) are also on the ballot.
At the top of the ballot is the race for U.S. President. Republican John McCain with vice-presidential nominee Sarah Palin and Democrat Barack Obama with vice-presidential nominee Joe Biden are the major party contenders to succeed George W. Bush. Also on the ballot are Libertarian candidate Bob Barr, Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin and Independent candidate Ralph Nader.
While at the polls you will also be asked to vote for Idaho County Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors. There are four candidates and you are asked to vote for no more than three. The positions are 4-year terms. Candidates are Mary Lu Crea, John R. Frei, Thomas Seubert and Scott C. Wasem.
Whoever your candidate is, be sure to vote next Tuesday. If you canít make it to the polls on Tuesday, the Idaho County Courthouse will be open this Saturday for absentee balloting.