How to register to vote in Idaho

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Idaho offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in Idaho by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.

Who can vote

To register in Idaho you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • have resided in Idaho and in the county for 30 days prior to the day of election
  • be at least 18 years old
  • not have been convicted of a felony, and without having been restored to the rights of citizenship, or confined in prison on conviction of a criminal offense

Online voter registration

  • Idaho offers online voter registration.
  • You should know: you need an Idaho ID to use Idaho's online voter registration system. If you don't have an Idaho-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
  • You can register online until Friday, October 12.

By-mail voter registration

Use the National Voter Registration Form

  1. Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Enter your driver's license number. If you have no driver's license, enter the last 4 digits of your Social Security number.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: Idaho does NOT require that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. Some parties allow unaffiliated voters to vote in their party’s primary without declaring an affiliation. You may also declare your party affiliation at the polls on primary election day.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
  5. Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
  6. Sign the form.
  7. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 12.

Use the Idaho voter registration form

You can also register to vote using the Idaho voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Friday, October 12.

In-person voter registration

  • You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
  • Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Idaho or contacting your local election official.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your voter registration form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help registering to vote, TurboVote can walk you through the process.

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Idaho.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Idaho's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Friday, October 12.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Friday, October 12.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, November 6.
  • You can also register and vote on Election Day.

Election contact information for Idaho

Address:
Secretary of State
East Wing, Second Floor, 700 West Jefferson E205
Boise, ID 83702

Phone Number:
208-334-2852