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Idaho permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Voters in Idaho are required to present valid photo identification at the polls.

For full information about voting in Idaho, contact your state election agency.

Registration

Idaho utilizes a mixed primary system that allows parties to decide who may vote. The Democratic Party allows unaffiliated voters to vote in their primary. The Republican Party allows only voters registered with their party. Unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with a party for the primary election, but they will be bound to that party in the general election.[1]

To vote in Idaho, you must be:[2]

  • A Citizen of the United States
  • 18 years of age, or older
  • A resident in the state and in the county for thirty (30) days prior to Election Day
  • Registered as required by law[3]

—Idaho Secretary of State

When and where

Registration must be completed 25 days prior to the election you wish to vote in. You may print and mail a form or register in person at your county clerk. First-time voters must include a copy of a form of identification that serves as proof of residence. The following are acceptable:[4]

  • Current photo identification
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Any other government document bearing your name and address

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of January 2015, Idaho is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on Election Day

Photo identification is required to vote on Election Day. The following are acceptable forms of identification:[5]

  • An Idaho driver’s license or 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.[3]

—Idaho Secretary of State

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Idaho, all polls will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. local time. In some instances, polls may open at 7:00 a.m., at the discretion of the local Clerk.[6]

Idaho is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Idaho. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[7]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office at least six days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day if in person. By mail, the ballot must be returned by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.[7]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Idaho is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots become available and ends at 5:00 p.m. the Friday before Election Day.[8]

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See also

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