One of the ways our democracy is ensured is through voting. Voting rights have been a contentious issue throughout America's history, and the ACLU of Idaho wants you to be able to continue to exercise your rights at the ballot box. Look below for voting rights information.
As such, we've put together a wealth of voter education materials on voting in Idaho--both in English and Spanish--aimed at removing the shroud of confusion around voting procedures and increasing access to the ballot for all Idahoans.
The Materials include detailed information on early voting, registration, absentee voting, voting with a criminal convition, trasgender voting rights and every election deadline for the primaries and general elections. Most recently, we've also produced a spearate pullout on voting information for folks experiencing homelessness. Finad all of this information for download or print at the bottom of this page.
In addition to written materials, we'll also be producing videos and recording radio spots to keep people informed of their voting rights. We'll be at community events distributing materials and talking with communuty members how to ensure high voter turnout and why it's so important.
Interested in volunteering?
Part of our Let Me Vote campaign will involve Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts that will involve community canvassing and phone banking. We'll be looking for volunteers to help lead these efforts and expand our reach. If you'd like to volunteer during the 2018 Let Me Vote Campaign, please contact ACLU of Idaho Community Engagement Manager Jeremy Woodson at email@example.com
- A U.S. citizen
- A resident of Idaho and in the county for 30 days prior to Election Day
- At least 18 years old before or on Election Day
- Not convicted of a felony. If you have been convicted, you must have had your civil rights restored. Your rights are automatically restored once you have completed all sentencing conditions including probation, parole and paid all fines.
Accepted Forms of ID
- Idaho Driver’s License or an Idaho Identification Card issued by the Department of Transportation
- U.S. passport or Federal Identification card.
- A tribal photo identification card
- A current student photo I.D., 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.
How To Register
Register by Mail:
- Complete a registration card.
- Provide your Idaho driver’s license number or state I.D. number on the form. If you do not have a driver’s license or state ID, you can list the last four digits of your Social Security Number instead.
- Be sure to send in your application so that it is in 25 days prior to the election.
Register In Person at Your Polling Place on Election Day:
- Complete a registration card.
- Provide proof of residency that contains a valid address which matches the address used on your voter registration application.
- Provide a photo I.D. card. OR sign the Personal Identification Affidavit.
You must have either an Idaho Driver's license or Identification card to register online. If you do not have these forms of identification, you will need to register by mail or in-person.
To register online:
- Use the Online Voter Registration portal on Idahovotes.gov.
- Follow the step-by-step prompts to complete the voter registration process.
- Make sure to register to vote at least 25 days prior to election day.
Documents Accepted to Prove Residency:
- A valid Idaho driver’s license issued through the Department of Transportation.
- A valid Idaho identification card issued through the Department of Transportation.
- Any document which contains a valid address in the county you reside, together with a photo identification card.
- Students may use a valid student identification card from their university or college in Idaho combined with a current student fee statement that contains the student’s valid address in the county with a picture identification card.
Absentee Ballot Process
- Download the absentee ballot application online OR apply to receive an absentee ballot in the mail by submitting a written request to the County Clerk to request an absentee ballot. If you are currently incarcerated, request an absentee ballot from the jail administrators.
- Complete the application form and personally sign it.
- Submit the form early enough that the County Clerk gets it at least six days before Election Day.
- If you register to vote at least 25 days before Election Day, you should receive a voter registration card in the mail that tells you where your polling place is, depending on what county you live in.
- You can find your polling location at www.idahovotes.gov
- You can contact your County Clerk to find out where your polling place is.
Below you'll find voting infomational handouts in English and Spanish for print and/or download. These materials can also be found on our Know Your Rights Resources page here