To ensure the 2020 Elections can proceed safely during this pandemic, without diminishing your fundamental right to vote, the ACLU of Idaho has created a one-pager with important dates and FAQ’s regarding the May 19, 2020 Primary Election which will be held entirely by absentee ballot.

Who can register to vote?

To register to vote in Idaho, you must...

  • be a U.S. citizen
  • have resided in Idaho and in the county you plan to vote in for thirty (30) days prior to the day of the election. 
  • be at least eighteen (18) years old

How do I register to vote?

  • You can register to vote online until May 19, 2020
  • Register to vote online
  • Or you may mail in or deliver your completed registration form to your county clerk in person.
  • Mail-in registration forms must be received by your County Clerk no later than May 19, 2020.
  • find your County Clerk's office.
  • If sending your registration form by mail, your county elections office will mail you a notification card letting you know that your registration was received. 

Mail-in Registration 

If you are a first-time voter in Idaho, a copy of current and valid photo identification OR a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check or other government document that shows your name and address should be submitted. 

What if I don't have a driver's license or identification card issued by the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles?

You may use the last four (4) digits of your social security number OR the following forms of photo I.D. are accepted.

  • a tribal identification card
  • a U.S. passport
  • a current student I.D. card

I think I've already registered to vote. How can I check? 

You can check your registration status on the Idaho Votes website.

Check your registration status 

Will there be Election Day voter registration?

Yes. You can still register up until and on Election Day. Please be mindful that it may take some time to process your registration. We encourage voters to register before Election Day if at all possible.

How do I request an absentee ballot?

You can request an absentee ballot on the Idaho Votes website.

Request an absentee ballot online

Or, download an absentee ballot from the Secretary of State's website and mail your completed absentee ballot request to your County Clerk's office.

Download an absentee ballot request form

Where is my County Clerk's office?

You can find your County Clerk's office on the Idaho Votes website.

Find your local County Clerk's office

When do I need to send my ballot request by?

To receive a ballot for the May 19 election, you must request your ballot no later than Tuesday, May 19, 2020 by 8:00 PM. 

For your vote to be counted, your filled-out ballot must be returned to your local County Clerk/elections office by June 2, 2020.

How do I check the status of my ballot?

You can check the status of your absentee ballot on the Idaho Votes website (note: it may take 10-14 days from receipt to process and return your absentee ballot to you by mail).

Check your absentee ballot status

Will there be a pre-paid stamp to send out my voter registration card and absentee ballot?

Many counties are paying postage for absentee ballots. If your county is not paying postage, you can visit your local grocery store to get postage for your absentee ballot—free of charge—so you can then mail your absentee ballot to your County Clerk.

Voter registration cards will not have pre-paid postage. 

View participating stores in your county

Will poll locations be open?

For the May 2020 Primary Election, poll locations will NOT be open. Poll locations for the November 2020 General Election are undecided at this moment.

Can I change my party affiliation?

The deadline for changing your party affiliation if you are already affiliated with a political party was March 13, 2020. If you want to vote in the Republican Primary on May 19, 2020 and you are currently registered as a member of the Democratic, Constitution or Libertarian Parties, you needed to change your party by March 13th, 2020.

Only registered Republican voters will be able to vote in the Republican Primary.

Not affiliated with a party yet?

If you are unaffiliated with a party or are a first time voter, you can register to vote in the Republican Primary or the Democratic Party on the day of the election (May 19).

Anyone who has not declared a party affiliation by the 2020 Primary Election will be registered as an unaffiliated voter. Party registration requirements have no effect on the general election in November 2020. All voters in the general election in November receive the same ballot for their location.

For nonpartisan elections held in conjunction with a primary, such as judicial elections, all registered voters are entitled to vote, regardless of party affiliation.

If you are unaffiliated with any political party, you can request any ballot for the May 2020 primary, including the Republican ballot (note: your party affiliation may change).

Registered members of any party and those who do not affiliate with a party will be allowed to vote in the Democratic Primary.

Read more about political party affiliation and Primary elections in Idaho

Please contact the ACLU of Idaho if you feel your right to vote has been violated. 


May 19, 2020

  • Deadline for absentee ballot request form to be received by your county clerk.

Scheduled Elections: 

  • Federal (U.S. Congress) and In District (Idaho Legislature) elected officials. 
  • Auditorium Districts
  • Highway Districts
  • Hospital Boards
  • Library Districts
  • Water and Sewer Districts
  • Weather Modification District
  • Recreation Water & Sewer (Conducted by the district)

If ordered, the following election items will also appear on your ballot:

  • Taxing District Bonds and/or Levy Elections
  • Recall Elections 

June 2, 2020

  • Deadline for your completed official ballot to be received by your County Clerk's office. For your vote to count, ballots must be received by 8:00 PM

August 25, 2020 (if ordered)

  • Taxing District Bond and/or Levy elections
  • Recall elections
  • Special questions 

November 3, 2020: General Election

Scheduled Elections:

  • Federal (U.S. Congress) and In District (Idaho Legislature) elected officials.
  • Cemetery District
  • Cities
  • Fire Protection Districts
  • Recreation Districts
  • School Board and Trustee

If ordered, the following election items will also appear on your ballot:

  • Taxing District Bond and/or Levy elections
  • Special Questions

Polling locations for the November 2020 General Election are undecided at this time.