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Idaho | Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
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Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: Postmarked or completed online no later than the 25th day before Election Day. Eligible voters may, however, register after this deadline in person at their early voting location or their polling place on Election Day.


  • Consolidated Election registration deadline: April 21

  • Consolidated Election: May 16

  • General Election registration deadline: October 13

  • General Election: November 7

Official Election Websites
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Official Election Websites

More election information at:

Online voter registration is available at:

Mail-in PDF voter registration form is available at:

Register at School or Home
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Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Beginning July 1, 2023, all individuals whether registering in person or by mail, will be required to present a current photo ID and proof of residency. Proof of identification and proof of residency can be satisfied by the following documents:

  • Identification

  • A current Idaho driver’s license or ID card,

  • A current passport or other ID issued by the federal government,

  • A current tribal identification card or

  • A current Idaho concealed carry permit.

  • Residency

  • Any form of photo ID listed above that contains your current residential address;

  • Proof of insurance;

  • A deed, trust, mortgage, or lease agreement;

  • Property tax assessment, bill, or receipt;

  • Utility bill;

  • Bank or credit card statement;

  • Paystub or paycheck;

  • Intake documents from residential or assisted living facility;

  • Enrollment papers from high school accredited postsecondary institution in Idaho;

  • Communication on letterhead from public or private social services agencies.

To be eligible to register online, you must have a current valid driver’s license or state-issued identification card that reflects your current principal place of residence.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
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What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters are required to present a photo identification before voting in person, either at the polls or during early voting, or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. Acceptable identification includes:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho transportation department

  • A U.S. passport or federal photo identification card

  • A tribal photo identification card

  • A current student photo identification card issued by an Idaho high school or accredited post-secondary education institution

  • An Idaho concealed carry permit

Where Do I Vote?
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Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?
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How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Any registered Idaho voter may vote by mail. Voters may request an absentee ballot online or by submitting a paper application:

Absentee ballot request applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on the 11th day before Election Day. Completed mail ballots can be returned in-person at your county clerk's office or by mail and must be received by the county clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

Any registered Idaho voter can vote in person at an early voting site until 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day. Contact your county clerk's office for information about early voting dates, times, and locations.

Election Day

Voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. Some counties may open their polling places earlier; contact your county clerk for additional information. If you are in line by the closing time, then you have the right to vote.

Curbside voting is available in special circumstances. For more information about accessible voting options, visit:

Common Questions/Concerns
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Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

Federal Financial Aid

Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

Tuition Status

Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in Idaho affect my driver’s license or car registration?

As a full–time student in Idaho, you may have to make changes to your driver’s license or car registration if you are a resident of the state regardless of whether you register to vote in Idaho. For more information, you may wish to contact the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Idaho legal professional.


Last updated May 2023

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