Idaho Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 11 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. For more information on absentee voting, and other voting rules around COVID, please contact your Secretary of State.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person: Voters must surrender their absentee ballots before receiving a regular ballot, otherwise they must vote by a provisional ballot. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
You can fill out an absentee ballot request form here or any registered voter may apply in writing to the County Clerk to receive an absentee ballot. The application must give your name, address, and mailing address to which the ballot is to be forwarded. The mail-in application must be signed personally by you and be received by the County Clerk no later than 11 days before the election.
In person voting at the absentee elector's polling place ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
Voting before election day at an absentee polling place is available. Contact your county clerk for dates, times and location of the absentee polling place in your county.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of Idaho and in the county for 30 days before Election Day
- At least 18 years old before or on Election Day
- Not convicted of a felony. (If you have been convicted, you must have had your civil rights restored)
ID Needed for Voter Registration
If you are a first time voter, you must either submit a copy of a form of ID with your registration form or show it at the polls prior to voting.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- A current and valid photo ID
- A current utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Government document that shows your name and address
- The last four digits of your social security number
ID Needed for Voting?
All voters are required to show photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit to cast a regular ballot.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- An Idaho driver's license or photo Identification Card
- A U.S. passport or Federal photo identification card
- A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution.
- A tribal photo identification card.
- A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho
NOTE: The name on the ID must match the name on the registration list in the poll book but common abbreviations and nicknames are acceptable.
If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you can get one from your local DMV. You must bring proof of age, residency, legal presence, name change (if applicable) and your Social Security number in order to obtain your new ID.
Also, if you do not have acceptable forms of ID you may be given the option to sign the Personal Identification Affidavit. Please ask in your polling location for this option if needed.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
Officials estimate that nearly all votes will be reported by noon on Wednesday. Official election results will be uploaded on Idaho’s Secretary of State website as they become available.
The last date to certify the November 3, 2020 election is November 30th.
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Idaho, you must:
- Political affiliation preferred
- It is recommended that you are a resident of the election district for the 30 days prior to the election
- Complete required training
- Be entitled to compensation
- Students with citizenship who are 16 years old may work
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Polling Place Hours
Polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day.
Polling Place Locator
There is no provisional voting.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
You may receive assistance to vote from any person of your choice. You may also ask for assistance from a poll worker.
Curbside assistance and home voting is available in special circumstances. Please make arrangements with your county clerk's office in advance.
Each polling place in the state will be equipped with a ballot marking device to assist voters who have difficulty reading or marking a ballot vote privately and independently. The ballot marking device is intended to assist the visually impaired, voters with disabilities and the elderly.
Visually impaired voters can use headphones to listen to an audio ballot and make their selections using a Braille keypad. The ballot marking device has a touch screen with a zoom feature to enlarge the ballot print and a contrast feature to make the ballot easier to read for some voters. The ballot marking device only marks a ballot. No votes are stored in the machine. Votes are counted by the election board of your county. You can review and change your selections before the device marks a paper ballot. If you are using the ballot marking device, you may request a new ballot from a poll worker if you make a mistake. Additional instructions will be available at the polls and poll workers are trained to help if you request their assistance.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
You can now register to vote online! You will need a driver's license issued by the State of Idaho DMV, a state ID or the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number in order to register online. If you do not have any of these, you can still register in person or by mail.
You must register with your County Clerk or official registrar 25 days before any election. Voters are required to provide their driver's license number when registering, or if they do not have a driver's license, provide the last four digits of their social security number.
Mailed registration applications must be postmarked 25 days before the election in order to be accepted.
Any person who is qualified to vote may register at the polls on election day by providing proof of residence. All documents used in providing proof of residence must be accompanied with a photo ID. Acceptable documents include:
- A valid Idaho driver's license issued through the Department of Transportation.
- A valid Idaho identification card issued through the Department of Transportation
- Any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
- A current valid student photo ID and a fee statement with an address in the precinct.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
Time Off To Vote
Time off to vote is subject to the employer, there is no requirement for employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting systems used in Idaho are optical scan and hand-counted paper ballots.
Optical Scanning: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. In some places, you can check your card or paper right there at the polling place by feeding it into a card-reading machine to make sure you have voted the way you want to. When you are finished filling out all the cards. You may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that counts the votes. When Election Day is over, the computer counts how many votes were cast for each candidate.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used on Election Day. Paper ballots are mostly used for absentee ballots. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box. At the end of the day, votes are counted by poll workers reading the ballots.
You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.
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