VOTING FAQ

Who can vote in the May 16 election?

Anybody can vote in the May election. However, only contested races appear on the ballot. This means some areas will not be holding elections. Contact your County Clerk to find out what is on your ballot.

When is the last day I can register to vote?

Your voter registration application must be received or postmarked no later than 30 days before Election Day. You can still register at the polls on Election Day.

2017 Deadlines

Last Day to Pre-Register to Vote in Primary Election: Friday, April 21, 2017
Last Day to Pre-Register to Vote in General Election: Friday, October 13, 2017

Who is eligible to vote in Idaho?

In order to register to vote in Idaho, you must:

  • Have been a citizen of the United States and resided in Idaho for at least one month before Election Day
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day

For more info on eligibility, please click here.

How can I check if I’m registered to vote?

You can check your voter registration online by clicking here.

How can I register to vote or update my voter registration?

You can fill out an Idaho Voter Registration Application online here, print the form and mail a completed form to the address provided for your local County Clerk’s Office.

Do I need to show my ID to vote?

You are not required to present a photo ID when voting. You can sign a Personal Identification Affidavit and you will be issued a ballot to be tabulated with all other ballots.

All voters who appear at a polling place for the first time must show proof of identification. That means if you voted in Idaho in a previous election, but have moved and are now voting at a new polling location you will be required to show ID and proof of residency at the new polling location.

What form of voter ID can I use to vote?

Forms of photo identification may be any one of the following:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo identification card.
  • A U.S. passport or Federal photo identification card.
  • A tribal photo identification card.
  • A current student photo ID, issued by an Idaho high school or postsecondary education institution.
  • A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho.

How do I find my polling place?

Click here to confirm your polling place.

What if I’m an Idaho resident, but I won’t be in my election district on Election Day?

If you can’t make it to the polls on Election Day or would like to vote from home, you can send in an absentee ballot by mail.

May Election: The deadline to request your absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on May 5th and your ballot must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, May 16th. This deadline has passed.

November Election: The deadline to request your absentee ballot is 5:00 p.m. on October 27th and your ballot must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, November 7th.

What if I’m a veteran, active member of the military, or civilian traveling or living abroad?

Americans living overseas and in the military who want to vote in their home state must request their ballot every election year even if they are already registered. Democrats Abroad provide assistance for service members, their families, and overseas citizens who want to vote. Click here to get more information.

Where can I find additional information?

If you have additional questions about voting in Idaho, please call your local County Clerk’s Office for more information. Click here to find their contact information.

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