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Idaho Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Election Day
By Mail:
Postmarked by Friday, October 12, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
700 West Jefferson
PO Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0080
Phone:
208-334-2300
Fax:
208-334-2282

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Idaho you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Idaho and in the county for 30 days prior to 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 in Idaho, you must either submit a copy of one of the following items with your registration form or show it at the polls prior to voting:

  • A current and valid photo ID
  • A current utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Government document that shows your name and address

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.

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.

Registration Deadline

You can now register to vote online! You will need a driver's license issued by the State of Idaho DMV in order to register online. If you do not have a driver's license 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.

Any elector may register by mail for any election if postmarked no later than 25 days prior to an election.

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!

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, you can utilize your state's verification tool.

Re-registration is required if registration is canceled for the following reasons:

  • The voter failed to vote at least once at any primary or general election during the four years following registration.
  • An elector changes his residence to another residence.
  • An elector has a name change.

Absentee Ballot Process

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 the name of the elector, residence address in Idaho, and mailing address to which the ballot is to be forwarded. The mail-in application shall be signed personally by the applicant and be received by the County Clerk no later than the sixth day 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.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

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.

For information on time and locations please contact your county clerk.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The registration deadline is Friday, October 12, 2018.

For more election information contact your county clerk.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Idaho:

  • Political affiliation preferred
  • It is recommended that you are a resident of the election district for the 30 days prior to the election
  • You must complete required training
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Students with citizenship who are 17 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.

Time Off To Vote

Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Idaho law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Idaho does not have provisional voting.

Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Idaho are optical scan and hand-counted paper ballots. Hand-counted paper ballots are used only for elections in sparsely populated jurisdictions, particularly when all offices will be filled by write in votes.

Optical Scanning: With this system, you will recieve 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.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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. Other voters will vote as they have in the past using the appropriate ballot for their county. 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.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

For information on state campaign contributions, please visit your state's resource.


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