Idaho Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 25 days before the election; or in person on Election Day.
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the 6th day prior to the election
  • Absentee Ballot Due: Received by 5pm the Friday before an election (in person). Received by 8pm on election day (by mail).

Register to vote

Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool.  Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  

You can also use the Idaho Voter Registration Form. Mail your completed form to your County Election Office (the addresses are listed on the second page of the card). 

Verify your voter registration

It's best to double check your registration before applying for your absentee ballot. Verify your voter registration today and avoid problems down the line. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered voter can vote by absentee ballot in Idaho.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Idaho absentee ballot application.

Mail or fax your completed application to your County Election Office.  The addresses and fax numbers are listed on the form.  

Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot

Once the county election office receives your request, they will mail you an absentee ballot. Simply fill it out, sign the outer envelope and mail it back.  Your absentee ballot must be received by 8 PM on election day.

Additional Information

State Elections Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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