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Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Idaho

When You Can Vote

Election Day: Polls are open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, or until the last person in line at 8 PM has voted. The County Clerk may, at their discretion, open the polls in their county at 7:00 a.m. for a primary or general election.

Early Voting: Each county is responsible for setting up early voting either in-person or by mail, also known as absentee voting. Voters should check with their county clerk’s office or visit the county website to determine the details for early voting in their county.  A directory of county clerk offices is available here: https://voteidaho.gov/county-clerks/

Early voting must begin on or before the third Monday before the election and end at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. In-person absentee voting ends at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.


If you would like more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page to determine where you vote.
If you would like more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • For registration deadlines, see How to Register below.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Idaho if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Idaho
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You must be a county resident for 30 days to be eligible to vote.

You are NOT eligible to vote in Idaho if:

  • You are currently serving a sentence including incarceration, parole, probation, or extended supervision for a felony conviction
  • A judge has specifically ruled that you are not able to vote.

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have completed a felony sentence, including any term of incarceration, parole, supervision, period of probation, or you have been pardoned, then you are immediately eligible to register to vote

How to register 

Idaho residents may register at a County Clerk’s office, by mail, or online. Voter mail-in registration application forms and accompanying instruction can be found here. The online registration portal can be found here.

Voters seeking to register prior to the election must do so at least 25 days (i.e., October 14, 2022) prior to the date of election. 

Idaho law requires a 30-day period of residency for voter registration. Applicants are asked on the voter registration application to provide their residence address in Idaho, sign an oath affirming that they meet the legal qualifications to register and vote, and to provide a photo identification card (e.g., driver’s license, identification card, student identification, etc.) and a document with a valid address (e.g., utility bill, pay stub, etc.).

If you are unable to provide an Idaho driver’s license or identification card, you will also need to provide the last four digits of your social security number when registering.

If you would like more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail

Idaho voters may vote early via absentee ballot either by mail or in-person. The application to request an absentee ballot can be found here

The absentee ballot request can be submitted online or by mail or in person at the County Clerk’s office in which the voter resides, which can be found at this directory. You can check on the status of your absentee ballot using the Idaho “Check Your Voter Record” Tool.

For mail-in absentee ballots, the application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day (i.e., October 28, 2022) before the election. For in-person absentee voting, the application must be made no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Voters should check with their county clerk’s office or visit the county website to determine the details for early voting in their county.  

To be counted, all mail-in ballots must be received by the County Clerk’s office (by mail or in-person) by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day. 


If you would like more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Idaho you should provide one of the following:

  • Your Idaho Driver’s License Number

If you do not have this ID you may alternatively provide:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number

In order to complete your voter registration in Idaho, you will need to provide a proof of residency along with your photo ID. Accepted documents include:

  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Idaho, you are required to show a photo ID to vote; or, you may instead sign an affidavit or similar document. Accepted forms of ID include:

  • Valid Federal Issued ID
  • Valid Idaho Driver’s License
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Idaho Issued ID
  • Valid Tribal ID
  • License to Carry Concealed Weapon or Firearm

In person voting: A registered voter must present a photo ID or sign a personal identification affidavit to vote at the polls during early voting or on election day. An Idaho citizen that does not have an Idaho driver’s license or identification card will be asked to sign a personal identification affidavit before they are allowed to vote. The affidavit shall be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state and shall require the voter to provide the voter’s name, address, and the last four digits of the social security number.

No ID? If an individual does not have a driver’s license or identification card, they will need to register to vote in person or by mail. 
If there are any questions regarding your identification or proof of residence, please contact your County Clerk’s office. If you would like more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

If the individual has been an Idaho resident for at least 30 days before an election, they may go to the correct polling place for their new residence during early voting (if the county offers it) or on election day and register to vote at their new address.

If they move to another county within Idaho or to another State within 30 days before an election, they may vote in that election in Idaho by absentee ballot or at the polling place assigned to their prior address.


For more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the federal voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You will have the following identification options when completing the form:

  • U.S. State or Territory or District Issued ID
  • Option to Indicate that you do not have the Requested ID
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number

Idaho residents who are absent from their voting residence and who are in the military or merchant marines (or an eligible family member of a member of the military or merchant marine), the Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or are private U.S. citizens living abroad may use the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.

Specific instructions for registering and requesting an absentee ballot can be found at the Idaho Military and Overseas Citizens voting page.
For more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

A person sentenced to the custody of the Idaho State Board of corrections has their right to vote in Idaho suspended. The right to vote is restored once the individual has satisfactorily completed all terms of imprisonment, probation, and parole to which they were sentenced.

If an individual was convicted of a felony in another state or jurisdiction, they may register and vote in Idaho once they have satisfactorily completed all terms of imprisonment, probation, and parole to which you were sentenced in the other state or jurisdiction.

An Idaho resident who has been convicted of a crime and is currently incarcerated for that conviction, may not vote.
For more information, Idaho provides a series of short video clips as Voter Education.

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