Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to have resided in Idaho and in the county in which you'd like to register for 30 days prior to Election Day.
  • You need to be 18 or older.
  • You can't currently be imprisoned for a criminal conviction, and you can't have been convicted of a felony without having your rights restored.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.


If you have additional questions about voting in Idaho, please contact:

Elections Division: (208)-334-2852; elections@sos.idaho.gov

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 25 days before Election Day.
  • Same Day/Election Day registration: Yes.

Felony Information

Under Idaho law, if you have been convicted of a felony, you may register and vote when you have completed all the terms of your sentence (including probation and parole). For more information on voting after a felony conviction, visit the Idaho Elections Division website, or call them at 208-334-2852.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from Idaho who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a Idaho resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what Idaho says about residency: Idaho defines residency as the principal or primary home of a person. Principal or primary home is a fixed habitation to which a person, when absent, has the preset intention of returning, regardless of the duration of the absence. Business pursuits, employment, family, income, spouse or children are circumstances that Idaho would consider in determining your residence.
  • If you determine you're a Idaho resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, Idaho residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

Idaho will have new ID requirements beginning July 1, 2010. (These will not be in effect for the primary.) You must present ONE of the following forms of photo ID. If you aren't able to present one of these forms of ID, you may sign an affidavit and then vote a regular ballot (not provisional).

  • State ID or driver's license, or
  • Passport, or
  • Federal government ID, or
  • Tribal ID, or
  • Student ID from Idaho high schools or accredited colleges only

Same Day Registration

Yes (Election Day Registration)

Early Voting Information


In Idaho, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.


Vote Early in Person


All voters in Idaho may vote in person before Election Day at an absentee polling place, which is usually located at your County Clerk's office. You can vote in person at an absentee polling place until October 31, 2012.

To find the location of your absentee polling place, contact your County Clerk here.

Voting Early By Mail


You can also vote by mail before Election Day by submitting an absentee ballot.

Complete the Absentee Voter Application and return it to your County Clerk's office either by mail by 5:00pm on October 31, 2012 or in person by 5:00pm on November 2, 2012.

Your completed ballot must be returned to your County Clerk's office either in person or by mail. The County Clerk must receive your ballot by 8:00pm on Election, Election Day.

The contact information for your County Clerk's office is available here.

Secretary of State