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.
- 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.