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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Idaho

Warning: 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.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote By Mail Deadlines

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In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

You can vote in-person absentee at your county clerk through Oct. 30th at 5 p.m. Some counties in Idaho offer additional early voting locations and hours from Oct. 19 to Oct. 30th. Check with your local clerk for additional options.

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 Oct. 23rd at 5 p.m. Return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local election's office on or before Nov. 3rd.
  • Return by mail to your local elections office so that it is received by Nov. 3rd. 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 Nov. 3rd - your ballot will not count.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You may vote by mail for any reason

You don’t need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. You can vote by mail for any reason.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

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

Use The Right Form of ID

If you go vote in-person absentee at your local elections office you must present valid photo ID. Info here on what qualifies.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state 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.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in-person ballot on Election Day.

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Idaho

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Idaho First Time Voter Info