Voter Registration in Idaho
Voter Registration in Idaho
Voting is the best way to get your voice heard during the next local, state, or federal election. Make sure you register to vote in time and get yourself to the polls.
Voter Eligibility in Idaho
You're eligible to vote in Idaho if you:
- Are at least 18 years old (or will be by the next Election Day).
- Are a U.S. citizen.
- Are an Idaho resident and have lived in the election district in which you're voting for at least 30 days. These districts include:
- Your taxing district.
- City elections.
- County elections.
- State elections.
You cannot vote if:
- You're currently incarcerated for a convicted crime.
- You're a felon who has not had your civil rights restored.
- For voting purposes, your civil rights are automatically restored once you complete your sentence and any probation or parole period.
Registering to Vote in Idaho
Register to vote in person or by mail using the Idaho Voter Registration Form (Form ERM-1). Simply complete the form and hand-deliver or mail it to the applicable county election office listed on the application.
Your registration application must be postmarked by the 25th day prior to election.
The County Clerk will mail you a card notifying you that they received your registration.
Alternatively, you can register at the polls on Election Day if you bring proof of ID and Idaho residency.
NOTE: If you mail your form AND you're a first-time voter in Idaho, you must send either:
- A copy of a current photo ID. OR
- A copy of a current utility bill, paycheck, bank statement , etc. showing your name and address.
Check Your Registration Status
Generally, you'll receive notice immediately if you register in person, and through the mail if you register by mail.
If you're unsure whether you're registered, you can check the Idaho Votes Election Information System.
Military & Out-of-State Voter Registration
Residents Out of State
Out-of-state residents, such as students temporarily out of state to attend college, can register to vote by mail. See “ Register to Vote in ID" above to learn how.
Additionally, if you'll be out of state during the election, consider voting by absentee ballot.
Military & Overseas Residents
Military personnel and their dependents, as well as overseas voters, can use the Voter Registration and Absentee Ballot Request Federal Post Card Application (Form SF 76) from the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
This form acts as both a voter registration and an absentee ballot.
Mail your FPCA to your applicable county election office. You must meet the following deadlines:
- If you're registering and applying to vote absentee, your FPCA must be postmarked by the 25th day before the election.
- If you're already registered to vote and only want to request an absentee ballot, the County Clerk must receive your FPCA by 5 p.m. on the 6th day before the election.
- If you're sending in an absentee ballot, the County Clerk must receive your ballot by 8 p.m. on Election Day.
For more information about military and overseas voting and absentee ballots, visit the state's Idaho Military and Overseas Citizens page.
Deadline to Register to Vote in Idaho
Unless you register at the polls, your in-person or by-mail registration must be received or postmarked at least 25 days before to the election.
Voter Name or Address Changes
You can update your name and/or address using the same Idaho Voter Registration Form (Form ERM-1).
Just be sure to complete the sections asking for information about previous addresses and name changes.
Duplicate ID Voter Registration Card
Please contact your local county election office for information about replacing your lost or destroyed voter registration card.