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How to Register to Vote

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Idaho state voter registration form or email elections@sos.idaho.gov to have one sent to you.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Check the box if you don’t have either of these.

Step 3 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 4 · Provide your date of birth

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · Select your political party or that you’re unaffiliated

Step 8 · Provide your former name or address (if applicable)

Step 9 · Check the box if you don’t have any of the legal disqualifications described in the instructions on the form

Step 10 · Sign and date the form

Step 11 · If you’re registering for the first time in Idaho, include a copy of a current photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document, that shows your name and current address


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 14 to your county clerk’s office.


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1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form at your county clerk’s office.


2. Fill out the form

Step 1 · Provide your name

Step 2 · Provide your driver’s license number. If you don’t have one, provide the last 4 digits of your Social Security number. Check the box if you don’t have either of these.

Step 3 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 4 · Provide your date of birth

Step 5 · Provide your address

Step 6 · Provide your mailing address (if different from Step 5)

Step 7 · Select your political party or that you’re unaffiliated

Step 8 · Provide your former name or address (if applicable)

Step 9 · Check the box if you don’t have any of the legal disqualifications described in the instructions on the form

Step 10 · Sign and date the form

Step 11 · If you’re registering for the first time in Idaho, include a copy of a current photo ID, or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document, that shows your name and current address


3. Return the form.

Submit your completed form by Oct 14 to your county clerk’s office

You can also register at your early vote location between Oct 24 and Nov 4, or to your polling place on Election Day, Nov 8

You’ll need to provide one of the following IDs:

  • Idaho driver’s license
  • Idaho state ID card
  • Any document with your current address along with another ID that has your photo
  • Current, valid student photo ID card from a postsecondary school in Idaho and a current fee statement with your valid address

Check if you’re registered to vote

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Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an Idaho address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail for a criminal conviction, and not have been imprisoned for a felony without having your rights restored following the completion of any probation or parole
Mail
October 14

In Person
October 14

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 24–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open 8 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.

1. Get the absentee ballot application

Download and print the absentee ballot application.

Get the form


2. Fill out the application

Step 1 · Provide the county where you live and date the form

Step 2 · To receive an absentee ballot for the general election on Nov 8, check the box for “Tuesday following 1st Monday in November (General Election and/or Taxing Districts Election)”

Step 3 · Provide your home address and the county where you are registered

Step 4 · Provide your name and the address where you want your ballot mailed

Step 5 · (Optional) Provide your phone number and email address

Step 6 · Sign the form


3. Return the application

Mail your application to your County Clerk’s office so it’s received by 5 PM on Oct 28.


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your absentee ballot so it’s received at your County Clerk’s office by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot on idahovotes.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 24–Nov 4

Bring an accepted ID.


Vote on Election Day

November 8

Polls are open 8 AM–8 PM. If you’re in line at your polling location by 8 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted ID.

Voting requirements
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be registered to vote in Idaho. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Live at an Idaho address by Oct 9
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be in jail for a criminal conviction, and not have been imprisoned for a felony without having your rights restored
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

ID requirements

You must show one of the following forms of ID when you vote early in person or on Election Day:

  • Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo ID card
  • US passport or federal photo ID
  • Tribal photo ID
  • Current student photo ID card issued by an Idaho high school or postsecondary school

If you don’t have ID, you’ll need to sign a sworn statement at the polling place swearing to your identity in order to vote

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, Iadho allows in-person absentee voting. Check out our Early Voting page for details.
If you are registering for the first-time in Idaho, and you register by mail, then you must submit a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Idaho address with your voter registration application. If you do not submit this identification, then you will be required to provide it the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.
You do not need to submit ID if you’ve already voted in Idaho at least once. If you are a first-time Idaho voter and you did not submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application. You may submit a copy of a current and valid photo identification, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Idaho address.