Voting in Idaho
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For full information about voting in Idaho, contact your state election agency.
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.
To vote in Idaho, you must be:
—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:
- Current photo identification
- Utility bill
- Bank statement
- Government check
- Any other government document bearing your name and address
As of March 2015, Idaho is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
- See also: Voter identification laws by state
In order to vote, voters must present valid photo identification. Valid photo ID includes: an Idaho driver's license or ID card, a U.S. passport or federal ID card, a tribal photo ID card, or a student ID card, as long as the ID includes a photo and is issued by an institution in Idaho. If a voter is unable to present an acceptable ID, the voter is given the option to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. On the affidavit, the voter swears to his or her identity under penalty of perjury. After signing the affidavit, the voter will be issued a regular ballot.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
Idaho is split between the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Idaho. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- 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.
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Elections in Idaho
- Idaho elections, 2016
- Idaho elections, 2015
- Idaho elections, 2014
- Idaho elections, 2013
- Idaho elections, 2012
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Idaho Voters' Guide," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Idaho Secretary of State, "Idaho Voter Registration Form," accessed January 22, 2015
- Idaho Votes, "Identification at the polls," accessed March 26, 2014
- Idaho Secretary of State - Elections, Campaign Disclosure and Lobbyists, "2014 Idaho Primary and General Election Calendar," accessed January 3, 2014
- Long Distance Voter, "Idaho Absentee Ballot Guide," accessed December 18, 2013
- Long Distance Voter, "Early Voting Rules: Idaho," accessed December 18, 2013
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