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Idaho

Population

1,787,065

Voting-Age Pop.

1,192,742

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 27 %
Trump 59 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 9, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

You must be a registered voter to submit an absentee application.

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  • No, residents of Idaho must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Idaho must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

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  • Must be received by the County Clerk before Oct 23 at 5pm local time.

Applications must be received by: Oct 23, 5pm

Must be received by the County Clerk before Oct 23 at 5pm local time.

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  • Sept 18: County clerks must mail absentee ballots to voters who have requested absentee ballots for the general election.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 18: County clerks must mail absentee ballots to voters who have requested absentee ballots for the general election.

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  • Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 8pm.

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Absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 8pm.

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  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

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You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Qualified electors may vote in person before Election Day at an early voting site. Contact your County Clerk for the dates, times and location of early voting in your county. Early voting ends in all counties at 5pm on the Friday before Election Day (Oct 30.)


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

To register on Election Day, bring photo ID and a document with a valid address in your precinct to your polling place.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

A registered voter must either present a photo ID or sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. If a voter does not have an Idaho Driver’s License, they can use an Idaho photo identification card issued by the Department of Transportation to vote.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - idahovotes.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • US Passport

  • Federal Photo Identification Card

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  • Idaho Driver’s License

  • Idaho Photo Identification Card

  • Current Student Photo ID

    Issued by an Idaho high school or post secondary education institution

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  • Tribal Photo Identification Card

  • License to Carry a Concealed Weapon

    Issued by a county sheriff in Idaho


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