What You Need to Know: Primaries

2020 primary election information

Due to concerns with COVID-19 we were forced to cancel the in-person County Delegate Selection Caucuses on April 4th. Below are details on our alternative delegate selection plan for the election of state delegates.

The deadline to file as a state delegate candidate is April 11th at 5:00pm MT


At the 2020 County Delegate Selection Caucus, you will caucus to become a state delegate at the state convention for a presidential candidate of your choice, based on the results of the March 10 Presidential Primary. If you wish to attend National Convention as a delegate, you must be elected as a State Convention Delegate.

For counties that have more delegate candidates than delegate positions available virtual caucuses will be held on April 18th using Zoom. Candidates will have the opportunity to submit written campaign documents for attendees to view and make a 1 minute speech on the Zoom call.

For counties that do not have more delegate candidates than spots available the state party will certify those candidates as delegates automatically in partnership with the county party.

Idaho County Caucus Change Addendum

May 19, 2020 idaho state primary election

The May 19 Idaho State Primary will be held entirely by absentee ballot to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Any registered voter of any party in Idaho will be able to vote absentee for US Senate, Congressional Legislative, County and Precinct Captain candidates. Election results will be released on June 2, 2020.

deadlines/important dates

March 13, 2020 ⇢ Deadline to change party affiliation (You can receive a Democratic ballot under any party affiliation)
May 19, 2020, 8 p.m. ⇢ Deadline to register to vote
May 19, 2020, 8 p.m. ⇢ Deadline to request your absentee ballot request either online or by mail
June 2, 2020, 8 p.m. ⇢ Deadline for absentee ballots to be received by county clerks
June 2, 2020, 8 p.m. MST ⇢ Earliest time for election results to be posted
To request your absentee ballot online, click here ⇢ https://idahovotes.gov/vote-early-idaho/

Click here to view the Secretary of State’s 2020 Election Calendar

Do you know someone who needs to register to vote but doesn’t have access to the internet? They can call their county clerk and request a voter registration form and their absentee ballot. Find county clerk information here: https://idahovotes.gov/county-clerks/


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.

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.

Last Day to Pre-Register to Vote in Presidential Preference Primary Election: Friday, February 14, 2020.

Last day to register to vote in Idaho State Primary Election: May 19, 2020

You can still register to vote on Election Day.

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. Idaho has no-excuse absentee voting.

March 10 Presidential Primary Election: The deadline to request your absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 and your ballot must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, March 10. Fill out this form and send it to your County Clerk.

May 19 Idaho State Primary Election: The deadline to request your absentee ballot is 5 p.m. on May 8 and your ballot must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 19. Fill out this form and send it to your County Clerk.

Find your county clerk here: https://idahovotes.gov/county-clerks/

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 your county clerk.