Voter Registration In Idaho
Who Can Register In Idaho
To register to vote in Idaho, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Idaho and of the county for 30 days prior to the day of the election
- Be at least 18 years old
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted and had your civil rights restored. Persons convicted of a felony in Idaho have their rights automatically restored upon completion of sentencing including probation or parole.
You must register to vote at least 25 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.
You can pre-register to vote in Idaho if you will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Idaho does restore the right to vote upon 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
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote absentee in Idaho.
To request an absentee ballot in Idaho, use the online tool, contact your clerk’s office in writing or in person with the required information, or complete a PDF request form and mail to the clerk’s office. The paper version of the application must include your original, non-digital signature.
Click here to track your Idaho absentee ballot.
To return your Idaho absentee ballot, you can drop it off or mail it back to your local county clerk’s office.
Early Voting In Idaho
Idaho offers in-person absentee voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins on the third Monday before the election and ends 5:00 PM on the Friday before Election Day.
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.
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