State of Idaho Voting & Elections

Election Day is November 8

  • October 14                  Deadline for postmarked voter registration (same-day registration is allowed)
  • October 24                  First day of early/in-person absentee voting (not all counties allow early voting)
  • October 28                  Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot request
  • November 4                Last day of early/in-person absentee voting
  • November 8                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 8                Election Day


To register to vote in Idaho, 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)


How to register to vote:

Voter registration in Idaho is at the county level with the county clerk acting as the chief registration official of their respective county. If you have questions concerning registration, absentee ballots, or accessible voting, contact your County Clerk.


Voter ID Requirements

  • 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,
  • A 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

A qualified elector may sign a personal identification affidavit at the polling place and vote if they are unable to present an acceptable form of photo identification.


Absentee Voting

All registered voters can request absentee ballots for any reason.

  • Using our online request form, the online Absentee Ballot request system requires the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, and a valid Idaho Drivers License Number.
  • Print out an absentee ballot request form and turn it in to the county clerk’s office
  • You may also request a paper form from your County Clerk’s office or submit a written request to your County Clerk with the required information (name of elector, residence address in Idaho, and mailing address to which such registration or ballot is to be forwarded) signed by the elector.




Tribes in Idaho

Federally recognized tribes

  • Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of the Fort Hall Reservation
  • Coeur D’Alene Tribe
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Kootenai Tribe of Idaho

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Chairman, Bert Marley

Chairman, Stephen Yates

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