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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. 

ACLU Voters demand that candidates for public office commit to protect our democracy, end discrimination, expand rights, and ensure that we live in a nation with liberty and justice for all. An ACLU Voter votes like their rights depend on it.

This is a single stop for all the information you need to vote this year so that you’re informed, heard, and counted.


To be eligible to vote in Idaho you must be all of these things:
  • 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. 

Identification Requirements

Idaho law requests that you show approved picture identification (I.D.) on Election Day before voting or you can sign a Personal Identification Affidavit if you are not registering to vote on Election Day. If you choose to use photo identification, The picture on the I.D. must match your presentation and the name on the I.D. must match the name on the voter registration list.
If you identify as transgender and the photo on your I.D. does not match your presentation, you may still sign the identification affadavit confirm your identity. On the Affidavit, you will have to swear to your identity under penalty of perjury. Putting incorrect information on the affidavit is a felony.

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.

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How To Register

You can register at your polling place on Election Day or you register early by filling out a registration card and submitting it to the County Clerk in the place of your residence. Registration cards must be received at least 25 days prio to Election Day. A list of county clerks is available online here
Early registration can be done either online (via the Online Voter Registration portal on Idahovotes.gov), by mail, or in person at least 25 days before Election Day. For in-person early registration, you wil need to visit your county clerk's office. A list of County Clerks is available online.

Register by Mail:

  1. Complete a registration card.
  2. 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.
  3.  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:

  1. Complete a registration card.
  2. Provide proof of residency that contains a valid address which matches the address used on your voter registration application.
  3. Provide a photo I.D. card. You cannot sign the Personal Identifion Affadavit in lieu of photo I.D. when you register in person on the day of the election.

To Register Online 

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:

  1. Use the Online Voter Registration portal on Idahovotes.gov.
  2. Follow the step-by-step prompts to complete the voter registration process.
  3. 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.

Vote like your rights depend on it

Early Voting:

Early Voting is a process that allows you to vote prior to the election if you know you will not be able to cast your ballot on Election Day. You can vote early by using the Absentee Ballot Process.

Absentee Ballot Process

You can vote early by using the Absentee Ballot Process, either by mail or in person.
To request an absentee ballot:
  1. 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.
  2. Complete the application form and personally sign it.
  3. Submit the form early enough that the County Clerk gets it at least six days before Election Day.
To be a successful absentee voter, your offical mail-in absentee ballot (NOT the absentee ballot application) must be received by 8:00 pm on Election Day (May 15 for the Primary Election, November 6 for the General Election) .
In person early voting at your absentee polling place ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday May 11, 2018 for the Primary Election and November 2, 2018 for the General Election.
For in-person early voting, contact your county clerk for dates, times, and location of the absentee polling place in your county.
A list of county clerks is available online at https://www.idahovotes.gov/county-clerks/


Election Day

On Election Day, polls will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, unless otherwise posted.

Voting Locations

There are several ways to find out where to vote on Election Day.
  1. 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.
  2. You can find your polling location at www.idahovotes.gov
  3. You can contact your County Clerk to find out where your polling place is.