Idaho Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated June 25, 2014
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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in Idaho?

If you are registering for the first-time in Idaho, and you register by mail, then you must submit a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or government document that shows your name and Idaho address with your voter registration application.  If you do not submit this identification, then you will be required to provide it the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot in Idaho?

You do not need to submit ID if you've already voted in Idaho at least once.  If you are a first-time Idaho voter  and you did not submit a copy of your ID with your voter registration form, then you must provide a copy of your ID with your absentee ballot application.  You may submit a copy of a current and valid photo identification, OR a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and Idaho address.

Can I vote in person before the election in Idaho?

Yes, Iadho allows in-person absentee voting. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

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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