State of Idaho Voting & Elections

Election Day is November 5

  • October 11                  Deadline for postmarked voter preregistration (same-day registration is allowed at polling place)
  • October 21                  First day of early in-person voting (not all counties allow early voting)
  • October 25                  Absentee ballot request deadline
  • November 1                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballot
  • November 5                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 (Idaho felons’ rights are automatically restored upon completion of sentencing including probation or parole)


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

Approved photo Identification and proof of residence must be shown to the poll worker for registration requirements to be satisfied.

Approved Photo 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,
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho

Approved Proof of Residence Documents:

  • Any of the above photo IDs with correct residence address
  • Current proof of insurance
  • Deed of trust, mortgage, lease or rental agreement
  • A property tax assessment, bill, or receipt
  • A utility bill, excluding a cellular telephone bill
  • A bank or credit card statement
  • A paystub, paycheck, or government-issued check
  • An intake document from a residential care or assisted living facility
  • Enrollment papers issued for the current school year by a high school, or an accredited institution of higher education located within the state of Idaho.
  • A communication on letterhead from a public or private social service agency registered with the secretary of state verifying the applicant is homeless and attesting to the applicant’s
    residence for registration purposes.

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.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Idaho.


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.


Early In-Person Voting

Qualified electors may vote in person before Election Day at an early voting site. Contact your County Clerk for the dates, times and location 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.


Native Vote Coordinators

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Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Rep. Lauren Necochea

Chair, Dorothy Moon

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