Voting in Idaho

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Election Dates

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/28/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

10/24/2022
Early Voting Begins
11/04/2022
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a presidential primary. Learn About Presidential Primaries

Polling place hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Idaho Board of Elections Phone Number: (208) 334-2852

Idaho Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

Register to Vote in Idaho

Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

Am I Registered?

Not sure if you are eligible to vote due to a felony conviction?
Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Idaho.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/28/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works in Idaho

Voting by mail is a two step process in Idaho.

Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received is October 28th at 5 p.m.

Return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county clerk's office on or before November 8th.
  • Return by mail to your local elections office so that it is received by November 8th. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after November 8th - your ballot will not count.

Click Here to See Your Ballot

Where to Sign Your Ballot

Remember to sign your return ballot.

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the affidavit on the back of your ballot envelope.

Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

 

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).

You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

This is to be determined. The issue is being discussed in the current legislative session.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site so that your ballot may be "spoiled" and request an in person ballot on Election Day. If you do not have your ballot to return, you may have to vote a provisional ballot.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

Idaho does not offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot. Your ballot will not count if it is late, or you do not follow directions.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Idaho driver’s license or Idaho identification card
  • US passport or federal ID card, including photograph
  • Tribal identification card, including photograph
  • A current student photo identification card, issued by a high school or post secondary education institution located within Idaho

Voter ID in Idaho

Find Your Ballot

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Primaries

Presidential Primaries

Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open

Only registered voters affiliated with the Republican Party may vote in its caucus. All voters, regardless of affiliation, may vote in Democratic primary. If you are unaffiliated with a party on election day, you may declare one at your polling place.

Please see state Idaho Democratic Party and Republican Party websites for more details.

Automatic Registration

Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.

Election Day Registration

You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

10/24/2022
Voting Begins
11/04/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Idaho

Preregister

Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.

In Idaho, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!

Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!

You can not vote in the Idaho primaries if you are 17 by the next election.