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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Idaho, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Idaho election website or call (208) 334-2852 to learn more about your states voting details.

Have more questions about voting?

Read our voting FAQ

Important Dates - State Primary

State Primary Election Day
State Primary Registration Deadline (by mail)
State Primary Type

Voting Information for Idaho

Don’t miss your next election!

Idaho will hold its state primary election on May 19th. The state is requesting that voters participate by-mail and request an absentee ballot. Requests must be submitted by Friday, May 8th.

Presidential Primaries

In 2020, Idaho will use a closed primary system for its presidential primary. Only voters affiliated with a party can participate in its primary. Existing voters in Idaho must declare their party by December 6, 2019 to participate. New voters will be able to register and declare their party through the deadline.

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

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

Find Your Representatives

Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: May 4th to May 15th

Some counties provide in-person early voting at select locations from May 4th to May 15th. Hours and locations are set by the county clerks office and can be found here. Counties that do not participate in multi-site early voting will allow in-person voting by absentee ballot at county clerk’s office as soon as absentee ballots are available until May 15th at 5 pm. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here) no later than May 8th at 5 pm. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 5 pm on election day.

The absentee ballot application period opens on Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for each election. No excuse required.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Eligibility for Idaho

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

Voter Rights

Find out more about your rights in Idaho.


  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.

Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.