Idaho

Upcoming Elections

Oct. 14, 2022 – Voter Registration Deadline for In-Person, Online, and Mail
Oct. 28, 2022 – Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot
Nov. 4, 2022 – Deadline to Vote Early In-Person
Nov. 8, 2022 – Deadline for Absentee Ballot to be Returned to County Clerk’s Office

Last updated: June 2021

Voting in Idaho

When You Can Vote

Election Day:

Polling places are open 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. on Election Day. Some counties may open the polls early, at 7:00 a.m. 

Early Voting:

Voters may also vote in person before Election Day at an early voting site. Contact your county clerk for dates, times, and locations of early voting in your county. Early voting ends in all counties at 5:00 P.M. on the Friday before Election Day.

Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place: Visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s polling place locator web page.

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines: In order to register by mail, your voter registration form must be postmarked at least 24 days before the election. The deadline for the November 8, 2022 general election is October 14, 2022.

Idaho also allows for same-day voter registration at an early voting location or at your polling place on Election Day. You will need to provide proof of your residence in order to register to vote same-day. Valid forms of proof of residence 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
  • Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho together with a current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card. 

How to Check Your Registration: Use Idaho’s Registration Lookup or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to register to vote in Idaho you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before election day;
  • Have resided in Idaho and the county you wish to vote in for at least 30 days prior to the election; and
  • Not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction.

How to Register: Idaho residents may register in person, online, or by mail.

By Mail

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form from the Idaho Secretary of State’s website and mail it to your county election office such that it is postmarked 25 days prior to the election. The deadline to register by mail for the November 8, 2022 general election is October 14, 2022.

Online

You can also register to vote online at the Idaho Voter Registration Website. The deadline to register online is midnight on October 14, 2022.

In Person

You may register to vote in person in any of the following ways:

  • Up to 24 days prior to Election Day at the office of your county clerk using the registration form which can be downloaded from the Idaho Secretary of State’s website; or
  • At an early voting location; or
  • On Election Day at the polling place for your home address.

Identification Required for Registration

First time voters who register by mail are required to provide a copy of a current and valid photo identification and a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and address when submitting your voter registration by mail. Alternatively, you can present this documentation at the polls or an early voting location at the time of voting.

Voters who register in person on Election Day must provide proof of residency in order to register. Valid forms of proof of residence 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
  • Students may also use a current valid student photo identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in Idaho together with a current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the precinct.
Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

Idaho allows voters to vote by mail (absentee) and in-person at a designated polling place before Election Day (early voting). No reason is necessary.

If You Want to Vote Early

Contact your county clerk for the dates, times, and locations of early voting in your county. Most counties use the county courthouse or elections office for early voting. Early voting ends in all counties at 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter can request an absentee ballot online, by mail, or in person at their County Clerk’s office. Click here for the online application. Alternatively, you may request a ballot in writing from your counter clerk by submitting your name, residence address in Idaho, and the mailing address where you want your ballot mailed. You must personally sign your application. Your application must be mailed or delivered to your county clerk no later than 11 days before the election. You will receive an absentee ballot in the mail.  Click here to find the contact information for your county clerk. For the November 8, 2022 general election, the deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 283, 2022. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk by 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

For more information on absentee voting, visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s absentee voter information page.

Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

The types of ID that you need to vote are different from the types of ID that you need to register to vote. In order to cast your ballot, you have two options:

  • Present one of the following forms of identification:
  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho Transportation Department
  • A passport or photo identification card issued by an agency of the United States government
  • A Tribal photo identification
  • An Idaho student photo identification from an accredited institution of higher education including high school, college, university or technical school
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho

OR

  • If you do not have an accepted form of ID, you can complete and sign a “personal identification affidavit.” You will then be allowed to vote with a regular ballot.
If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving within the Same County:

If you have changed your address, you are required to re-register with your county clerk. You can update your registration by mail by the deadline, register in-person at an early voting site, or at the polling place for your NEW address on Election Day. Click here for a polling place lookup tool. You can also update your voter registration online.

Moving Between Counties:

Where you vote depends on how long you will have been living in your new county on Election Day:

  • If you will have lived in the new county for at least 30 days on Election Day, you are eligible to vote in your new county. You are required to update your registration with the county clerk of your new county. You can update your registration by mail by the deadline, or register in-person at an early voting site or at the polling place for your NEW address on Election Day. Click here for a polling place lookup tool. You can also update your voter registration online
  • If you will not have lived in the new county for at least 30 days on Election Day, you are not eligible to vote in your new county but you are allowed to vote with an absentee ballot in your OLD county.
If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military personnel and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, their family members, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called “UOCAVA” voters).

Registering to Vote

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot at the same time.  The FPCA form can be downloaded here.  You must mail the FPCA to register to vote. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) Idaho-specific FPCA page for more information. Registration must be received by October 14, 2022.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the FPCA to request an absentee ballot. For the November 8, 2022 general election, your ballot request must be received by 5:00 p.m. on October 28, 2022.  You can choose to receive your blank absentee ballot by U.S. Mail or electronically.  To request electronic transmission of your blank ballot, you must mark the appropriate box and provide an email address on your FPCA. You can pre-fill your application using FVAP’s Automated Assistant or download a blank form from FVAP’s Idaho-specific FPCA page.

Voting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters must return their absentee ballot by mail. For the November 8, 2022 general election, your absentee ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day. Visit FVAP’s Idaho-specific FPCA page for more information.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  You must have applied for a regular absentee ballot by the deadline, which is October 28, 2022 for the November 8, 2022 general election. If you do not receive your regular ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be returned by mail and received by your local voting officials in Idaho no later than 8:00 P.M. on November 8, 2022.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Idaho-specific FPCA page.

If You Have a Felony Conviction

The Idaho Constitution states that a person who is incarcerated cannot vote.  It also states that a person who has been convicted of a felony cannot vote until they have had their rights of citizenship restored.

If you have a felony conviction, your voting rights will be automatically restored upon “final discharge” of your sentence, which includes the completion of any incarceration, probation, and/or parole.  You will then need to re-register to vote.

If you were convicted of a felony outside of Idaho, you will be allowed to register and vote in Idaho upon “final discharge” of your sentence, which includes the completion of any incarceration, probation, and/or parole. You will then need to re-register to vote.

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