Voting in Idaho
Voter Registration In Idaho
Who Can Register In Idaho
To register to vote in Idaho, you must:
- be at least 18 years old on election day
- be a citizen of the United States, AND
- have resided in Idaho 30 days and in the county 30 days.
- not have been convicted of a felony and have had your civil rights restored
- not be confined in prison on conviction of a criminal offense.
You must register to vote at least 24 days before the election you wish to vote in if you are registering by mail or online (5:00 PM for paper applications or midnight for online applications), or you can register on Election Day (see more under “Election Day Registration”).
Idaho Election Day Registration
If you’re eligible to vote in Idaho but have not yet registered, you can register and vote at your polling place on Election Day by providing proof of residence.
All documents used in providing proof of residence shall be accompanied with a photo I.D. Only the following documents showing the registrant’s current address in the precinct are authorized:
- 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.
You can pre-register to vote in Idaho if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Idaho does remove voting rights for people with felony convictions. Voting rights are automatically restored after completion of sentence, including parole or probation.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Idaho
Where To Vote In Idaho
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
All voters are eligible to vote absentee/by mail in Idaho; no excuse is needed.
Early Voting In Idaho
Voters do not need an excuse to vote early/in-person absentee.
Primary Elections In Idaho
Idaho has semi-open and closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. A voter may only participate in the primary election of the political party for which they are registered, unless a party allows unaffiliated voters and/or voters registered with other parties to also participate in their primary. Unaffiliated voters can participate in all congressional and state primaries as well as Democratic presidential primaries, but only registered Republicans can participate in Republican presidential primaries. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Idaho has semi-open and closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. A voter may only participate in the primary election of the political party for which they are registered, unless a party allows unaffiliated voters and/or voters registered with other parties to also participate in their primary. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Idaho
Voter ID Requirements
Either providing photo ID or signing an affidavit is required
to vote in Idaho. Valid forms of ID include:
- 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 post secondary education institution.
- A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can sign a Personal Identification Affidavit and then vote a regular ballot.
Additional Idaho Resources
Your State Election Official
Idaho Secretary of State
Phone number: 208.334.2852