Registration Deadline: A citizen may register with their County Clerk up until 25 days prior to any election.You may register in person with your County Clerk or by mail if your registration form is postmarked 25 days before any election. Idaho also provides for Election Day registration. To register on Election Day, bring a document with a valid address in your precinct and photo identification when you go to your polling place. Students of a post-secondary education institution may use student photo identification and a fee statement with an address in the precinct from their school to register on Election Day.
Party Affiliation: When a citizen registers to vote with their County Clerk, they may choose to affiliate with a political party or remain an “unaffiliated” voter with no party affiliation. A voter who has affiliated with a party may change their affiliation by filing a signed form with the County Clerk no later than the last day a candidate may file for the party Primary election. An “unaffiliated “ voter may affiliate with a political party by filing a signed form with the County Clerk up to and including Election Day. To re-declare your party complete this form.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: At least 18 years before or on election day
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Idaho and their county for 30 days prior to election day
Mental Competency: Unless expressly prohibited by a court, people with mental disabilities are allowed to vote.
Felony Convictions: Eligible to vote if rights restored after completion of sentence, including prison, parole, and probation
ID Requirements: To register, voters must provide one of the following:
-Idaho's driver's license number; or
-Last four digits of social security number; or any of the following:
-A valid Idaho driver's license issued through the Department of transportation;
-A valid Idaho identification card issued through the department of transportation;
-Any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card;
-Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post secondary educational institution in Idaho accompanied with a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.
Other Voter Registration Qualifications: Re-registration with their County Clerk is required if an elector changes their address. Re-registration is required if an elector changes their name by marriage or for another reason. If an elector has not voted in a Primary or General Election in the last four years re-registration is also required to be listed as a qualified elector in Idaho.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Access to online form; must be mailed or dropped off at County Elections Office
In person:Contact and visit your County Clerk to register in person
By mail/ in writing: Contact the County Clerk for an application
By fax: Contact your County Clerk for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Idaho registration verification
Phone: Contact your County Clerk
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may apply to receive an absentee ballot.
Other absentee voter qualifications: Absentee ballots must be resubmitted each year.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Absentee voter registration application
By mail: You may receive an absentee ballot by submitting a completed and signed request for an absentee ballot. The request for an absentee ballot must be received in your county clerk's office by the 6th day prior to the election. Upon verification of registration a ballot will be mailed to you. You can obtain an absentee allot by submitting a written request 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 applicant.
Military and oversees voting: Idaho policies and procedures for Military and Overseas voters. Idaho allows military and overseas voters to register using the FPCA(Federal Post Card Application)
Emergency Voting: Election day in person registration is available.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: Absentee ballots can be mailed in, or marked in person in stations that open before election day. Contact your county clerk for dates, times, and locations.
Other absentee ballot submission information: Absentee ballots can be mailed or faxed to your local county clerk.
Early voting qualifications: Absentee Voting in person: Voting before election day at an absentee polling place is also available. Contact your county clerk for dates, times and location of the absentee polling place in your county.
Verifying Registration: Idaho voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Time off to vote: Time off to vote is subject to the employer. Idaho law does not require employers to grant time off to vote for employees.
Polling Place: Idaho Polling Place Finder
- Idaho driver's license
- Idaho ID card
- U.S, Passport
- ID card, including a photo, issued by an agency of the U.S. government
- Tribal ID card, including a photograph
- Student ID card, including a photograph, issued by a high school or accredited institution of higher education within the state of Idaho
How to Vote: Voting systems by county
Problems with voting: Idaho HAVA complaint form
Verifying absentee ballot status: Idaho absentee ballot certification