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Idaho

In Idaho, elections are overseen by the Idaho Secretary of State.

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:

https://apps.idahovotes.gov/YourPollingPlace/AmIRegistered.aspx

 

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE:

https://apps.idahovotes.gov/YourPollingPlace/WhereDoIVote.aspx

 

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN Idaho:

  • Same day registration is available on Election Day. Registration by mail must be postmarked at least 25 days before an election.

  • Register online (with a Idaho ID), by mail, or in person.

  • New registrants must be residents of Idaho for at least 30 days.

  • Copy of a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address can either be submitted with the registration form or shown at the polls prior to voting.

  • Registration with a party can be completed separately. Party registration form is available here.

 

PRIMARY RULES:

  • Mixed. Voters affiliated with a party can vote in that party's primary, but parties can decide to hold open primaries.

    • Democratic Primary: Semi-Open, meaning registered Democrats and unaffiliated voters are allowed to participate, but registered Republicans are not.

    • Republican Primary: Closed, meaning only registered Republicans can participate.

  • NOTE: Because Idaho offers same-day registration, an unaffiliated voter may affiliate with a party up to or on election day and vote on that party's ballot. Voters already affiliated with a party, however, must change their affiliation by the 10th Friday before a primary election.

 

WAYS TO VOTE:

  • In Person on Election Day

  • Early (Available only in some counties. Contact your local county clerk for more information.)

  • Absentee (Applications must be requested from County Clerk’s office and requested at least 11 days before the election. Ballot must be received by election day at 8:00pm)

 

Know Before You Go:

  • ID is required to vote, sort of.

    • Voter may sign an affidavit affirming their identity in lieu of presenting ID. Despite how the law sounds, this mean ID is not actually required to vote as long as you have already voted and presented ID once before!

    • Acceptable IDs include: Idaho state ID, U.S. passport or Federal photo ID, tribal photo ID, current student photo ID issued by an Idaho high school or college, concealed carry license issued by a county sheriff in Idaho.

    • If a voter does not have an Idaho Driver’s License, they can also use an Idaho photo identification card issued by the Department of Transportation to vote.

  • Polling Hours: 8:00am-8:00pm

  • Idaho holds some local elections off-cycle, meaning elections may happen at unexpected times of the year. Consult their election calendar to ensure you're prepared.

  • Secretary of State Hotline: (208) 334-2852