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Quick facts -- Idaho Voting
  • Same Day Registration :    Yes
  • Voter Registration deadline :   On Election day
  • Early Voting :    Yes   --    Voting By Absentee Ballot :   Yes
  • Voter Id Requirement :   Yes
  • Electoral Votes:   4
  • U.S Congressional District(s):    2 (Change:0)

Census Data -- ID

Population1,584,985
Population Under 1827.00%
Population over 6412.80%
Population between 18 and 6460.20%
Percentage of White83.60%
Percentage of Black0.80%
Percentage of Hispanic11.50%
Percentage of Asian1.30%
Percentage of Native American1.70%
Percentage of Native Hawaiian0.20%
Pecentage below poverty13.60%
Total Fed. Spending$0
Voter Registration Stats
Total Registered: 753,880
Democratic:
Republican:
Libertarian:
Unaffiliated:
As of: 05/15/2012
Who Can Register To Vote in Idaho?

Any eligible person who wishes to vote in Idaho and who has never voted here or who has changed name or address since last registering needs to register. Voter registration in Idaho is at the county level with the County Clerk acting as the chief registration official of their respective county. Every voter registering at an agency must be registered by the 25th day prior to an election. If you mail the registration card to your County Clerk, the card must be postmarked 25 days prior to the election Get voter registration forms. Check your voter registration status. If you do not take advantage of election-day registration, the last day to register in time to vote in the next election is twenty-five days before the election.

To register to vote in the State of Idaho, an individual must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a United States Citizen;
  • Be at least 18 years old on Election Day;and
  • Have resided in Idaho and in the county for 30 days.
  • Federal, State or County Election - 30 days within the state and county
  • City Election - 30 days within the city
  • Taxing District Election - 30 days within the Taxing District

You are not eligible to vote if you:

  • have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored, or;
  • are confined in prison on conviction of a criminal offense.

If you meet the other qualifications to register to vote, but have been convicted of a felony (in Idaho, or any other jurisdiction), your civil rights for voting purposes are automatically restored upon completion of your sentence, including any probation or parole.

Can't I just register to vote at the polls on election day?

  • You may register at the polls on election day by providing proof of residence. All documents used in providing proof of residence shall be accompanied with a photo I.D. Only documents showing the registrant's current address in the precinct are authorized for use in registering to vote and providing proof of residency

Acceptable documents providing proof of residence include:

  • a valid Idaho driver's license issued through the department of transportation
  • a valid Idaho identification card issued through the department of transportation
  • any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
  • Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post secondary educational institution in Idaho accompanied with a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.


Election Offices In idaho

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ID:
Election OfficePhoneAddress
Ada county 208-287-6860 Fax: 208-287-6963 400 North Benjamin Street, Suite 100 Boise, ID 83704
Adams county 208-253-4561 Fax: 208-253-4880 Post Office Box 48 Council, ID 83612-0048
Bannock county 208-236-7334 Fax: 208-236-7073 Post Office Box 6094 Pocatello, ID 83205-6094
Bear lake county 208-945-2212 Fax: 208-945-2248 7 East CenterPost Office Box 190 Paris, ID 83261-0190
Benewah county 208-245-3212 Fax: 208-245-9152 701 West College Avenue, Suite 101 Saint Maries, ID 83861-1852
Bingham county 208-782-3164 Fax: 208-785-4131 501 North Maple Street, #205 Blackfoot, ID 83221-1776
Blaine county 208-788-5510 Fax: 208-788-5501 206 1st Avenue South, #200 Hailey, ID 83333-8429
Boise county 208-392-4431 Fax: 208-392-4473 Post Office Box 1300 Idaho City, ID 83631-1300
Bonner county 208-255-3631 Fax: 208-255-2554 1500 South Highway 2, Suite 337 Sandpoint, ID 83864-1794
Bonneville county 208-529-1363 Fax: 208-529-1188 605 North Capital Avenue Idaho Falls, ID 83402-3582
Boundary county 208-267-2242 Fax: 208-267-7814 Post Office Box 419 Bonners Ferry, ID 83805-0419
Butte county 208-527-3021 Fax: 208-527-3295 Post Office Box 737 Arco, ID 83213-0737
Camas county 208-764-2242 Fax: 208-764-2349 Post Office Box 430 Fairfield, ID 83327-0430
Canyon county 208-454-7563 Fax: 208-454-6899 1102 East Chicago Caldwell, ID 83605-3522
Caribou county 208-547-4324 Fax: 208-547-4759 Post Office Box 775 Soda Springs, ID 83276-0775
Cassia county 208-878-5240 Fax: 208-878-8825 1459 Overland Avenue Burley, ID 83318-1862
Clark county 208-374-5304 Fax: 208-374-5609 Post Office Box 205 Dubois, ID 83423-0205
Clearwater county 208-476-5615 Fax: 208-476-9315 Post Office Box 586 Orofino, ID 83544-0586
Custer county 208-879-2360 Fax: 208-879-5246 Post Office Box 385 Challis, ID 83226-0385
Elmore county 208-587-2131 Fax: 208-587-2159 150 South 4th East #3 Mountain Home, ID 83647-3000
Franklin county 208-852-1090 Fax: 208-852-1094 39 West Oneida Preston, ID 83263-1232
Fremont county 208-624-7332 Fax: 208-624-7335 151 West 1st North #12 Saint Anthony, ID 83445-1548
Gem county 208-365-4561 Fax: 208-365-7795 415 East Main Emmett, ID 83617-3096
Gooding county 208-934-4841 Fax: 208-934-5085 Post Office Box 417 Gooding, ID 83330-0417
Idaho county 208-983-2751 Fax: 208-983-1428 320 West Main, Room 5 Grangeville, ID 83530-1948
Jefferson county 208-745-7756 Fax: 208-745-9397 210 Courthouse Way, Suite 100 Rigby, ID 83442-5294
Jerome county 208-644-2714 Fax: 208-644-2709 300 North Lincoln, Room 301 Jerome, ID 83338-2344
Kootenai county 208-446-1030 Fax: 208-446-1039 1808 North Third StreetPost Office Box 9000 Coeur d'Alene, ID 83816-9000
Latah county 208-883-2249 Fax: 208-883-7203 Post Office Box 8068 Moscow, ID 83843-0568
Lemhi county 208-756-2815 Fax: 208-756-8424 206 Courthouse Drive Salmon, ID 83467-3900
Lewis county 208-937-2661 Fax: 208-937-9234 510 Oak Street, Room 1 Nez Perce, ID 83543-5065
Lincoln county 208-886-7641 Fax: 208-886-2798 111 West B Street, Suite C Shoshone, ID 83352-5364
Madison county 208-359-6219 Fax: 208-356-8396 Post Office Box 389 Rexburg, ID 83440-0389
Minidoka county 208-436-9511 Fax: 208-436-0737 Post Office Box 368 Rupert, ID 83350-0368
Nez perce county 208-799-3020 Fax: 208-799-3070 Post Office Box 896 Lewiston, ID 83501-0896
Oneida county 208-766-4116 Fax: 208-766-2448 10 Court Street Malad, ID 83252-1200
Owyhee county 208-495-2421 Fax: 208-495-1173 Post Office Box 128 Murphy, ID 83650-0128
Payette county 208-642-6000 Fax: 208-642-6011 1130 Third Avenue North, Room 104 Payette, ID 83661-2473
Power county 208-226-7611 Fax: 208-226-7612 543 Bannock Avenue American Falls, ID 83211-1200
Shoshone county 208-752-1264 Fax: 208-752-1896 700 Bank Street #120 Wallace, ID 83873-2348
Teton county 208-354-8780 Fax: 208-354-8410 150 Courthouse Drive Driggs, ID 83422
Twin falls county 208-736-4004 Fax: 208-736-4182 Post Office Box 126 Twin Falls, ID 83303-0126
Valley county 208-382-7100 Fax: 208-382-7107 Post Office Box 1350 Cascade, ID 83611-1350
Washington county 208-414-2092 Fax: 208-414-3925 Post Office Box 670 Weiser, ID 83672-0670
  • Scheduled Elections:
    • Federal, Statewide, Legislative and Judicial Offices
    • County Offices
    • Initiatives and Constitutional Amendments, if applicable
    • Community Colleges
    • Port District General Election
    • Soil Conservation Districts
    - November 4,2014

Check state complete events calendar - Deadlines,ID requirements,Poll Hours ...


Voting By Absentee Ballot In Idaho

Absentee Registration and/or Application for Absentee Ballot must be applied for by the Applicant to the County Clerk in the County in which the elector's Idaho residence is.

If you wish to have an absentee ballot mailed to you, the request must be received by the county clerk's office by the 6th day prior to the election. You can still cast an absentee ballot in person at the absent elector's polling place (usually the county clerk's office) up until 5 p.m. the Friday before the election.

Mail-In Voter Registration card:

  • can be requested from the Clerk's office or
  • print from this web site (form is fillable on your screen with Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

Application for an absentee ballot: (you must be registered to vote in Idaho to request an absentee ballot)

  • can be requested from Clerk's office or
  • print from this web site (form is fillable on your screen with Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)
  • or by submitting a written request with the required information (name of elector, residence address in Idaho and mailing address to which such registration or ballot is to be forwarded) signed by the applicant

MILITARY AND OVERSEAS VOTERS

  • The Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) is the form provided by federal law to register and / or request an absentee ballot. You are eligible to use an FPCA application if you are a(n):
  • Member of the Uniformed Services (including Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard)
  • Merchant Marine
  • Eligible family member of the above
  • Commissioned Corps of the Public Health Service, and Commissioned Corps of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • United States citizens employed by the Federal Government residing outside the United States,
  • Private United States citizens residing outside the United States

Who May Vote Absentee?

    College Student Voting In Idaho

    Students can establish residency in Idaho if they have a present intention to remain at their Idaho school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home.Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional. However, Idaho law makes clear that simply being a student is inadequate to establish your school address as your principle home. Factors that election officials consider in determining residency include whether you live year-round in Idaho, keep personal property in Idaho, have an Idaho driver's license, are employed in Idaho, are a member of social and civil organizations in Idaho, have an Idaho-based bank account, or list your Idaho address on other government forms.

    In Idaho Constitutional (Article VI, Sec. 5) and statutory provisions (34-405, I.C.) provide that no person is deemed to have gained or lost a residence for voting purposes by reason of his presence or absence while a student at any institution of learning. These provisions have the effect of treating physical presence as a neutral factor in determining voting residence and therefore other factors must be looked at.
    Section 34-107, Idaho Code, defines residence for voting purposes

    Mover's Guide: Idaho

    Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

    If you moved to Idaho from another state, you must register to vote in Idaho to be able to vote. You may register on Election Day by going to your local polling place and completing a registration card, making an oath, and providing proof of residence for where you live. If you do not take advantage of election-day registration, the last day to register in time to vote in the next election is twenty-five days before the election.

    If you moved to a new address, you should complete a new registration form to be able to vote. Idaho allows voters to register on Election Day.To qualify, you must have lived in Idaho and in the county for 30 days prior to the election.

    If you moved to a new address, you should complete a new registration form to be able to vote. If you moved to a different county within Idaho within 30 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote, you can vote by absentee ballot in your old county.

    You can apply for a mail-in absentee ballot until 5:00 PM on the sixth day before the election. You can apply for in-person absentee voting at the “absent electors’ polling place” until 5:00 PM on the day before the election.

    Idaho Political Parties

    • America First Party of Idaho
    • 1630 A 30th Street # 111 Boulder, CO 80301 Phone: 866-767-8721 Fax: 662-453-7787
      E-mail: info@americafirstparty.org
      Website: http://www.americafirstparty.org/contacts/id.shtml
    • Communist Party of Idaho
    • 235 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011 Phone: 212-989-4994 Fax: 212-229-1713
      E-mail: cpusa@cpusa.org
      Website: http://www.cpusa.org/contact
    • Constitution Party of Idaho
    • Post Office Box 695 Parma, ID 83660 Phone: 208-906-8299 Phone: 208-310-7061
      E-mail: chairman@cpidaho.org
      Website: http://www.cpidaho.org/
    • Idaho Democratic Party
    • 943 West Overland RoadSuites 119-126 Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 208-336-1815
      E-mail: info@idahodems.org
      Website: http://idahodems.org/
    • Idaho Republican Party
    • 802 West Bannock Lower Plaza 103 Boise, ID 83702 Phone: 208-343-6405 Fax: 208-343-6414
      E-mail: info@idgop.org
      Website: http://www.idgop.org
    • Independent American Party of Idaho
    • Phone: 208-357-4294
      E-mail: robert.gorgoglione43@gmail.com
      Website: http://www.independentamericanparty.org/about-the-iap/contact/
    • Libertarian Party of Idaho
    • 1421 Dearborn Caldwell, ID 83605 Phone: 208-459-1032
      E-mail: chair@lpid.org
      Website: http://www.lpid.org/
    • Reform Party of Idaho
    • Post Office Box 660675 #35995 Dallas, TX 75266-0675 Phone: 972-275-9297 Phone: 877-467-3367 Fax: 281-231-2502
      E-mail: rpid@rpusa.info
      Website: http://www.spo-rpusa.org/Idaho/
    State Congress

    Recent Idaho Key Votes :


    Bill Passed in State Congress

    • Senate
    • Concurrence Vote -- Increases Salaries of Certain State Officials (S 1395)
    • Passage -- Increases Salaries of Certain State Officials (S 1395)
    • Passage -- Amends the Provisions of Payday Loans (S 1314)
    • Passage -- Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms on College or University Campuses (S 1254)
    • Passage -- Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations (S 1337)
    • Passage With Amendment -- Amends Public School Charter Laws (H 221)
    • Passage With Amendment -- Appropriates Funding for Charter Schools (HB 206)
    • Passage -- Establishes Health Insurance Exchange (H 248)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Telecommunications Businesses to Solicit Existing Customers (HB 55)
    • Passage -- Increases Petition Signature Requirements (S 1108)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Permits for Heavy Trucks on Certain Routes (S 1117)
    • Passage -- Amends Early Teacher Retirement Program (S 1089)
    • Passage -- Affirms Legislature's Opposition to Marijuana Authorization (SCR 112)
    • Passage -- Establishes a State Health Insurance Exchange (S 1042)
    • House
    • Passage With Amendment -- Increases Salaries of Certain State Officials (S 1395)
    • Passage -- Amends the Provisions of Payday Loans (S 1314)
    • Passage -- Authorizes the Concealed Carry of Firearms on College or University Campuses (S 1254)
    • Passage -- Prohibits Recording of Agricultural Operations (S 1337)
    • Passage -- Establishes The Idaho Wolf Depredation Control Board (HB 470)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Amends Public School Charter Laws (H 221)
    • Concurrence Vote -- Appropriates Funding for Charter Schools (HB 206)
    • Passage -- Appropriates Funding for Charter Schools (HB 206)
    • Passage -- Increases Petition Signature Requirements (S 1108)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Permits for Heavy Trucks on Certain Routes (S 1117)
    • Passage -- Establishes Health Insurance Exchange (H 248)
    • Passage -- Prohibits the Enforcement of Federal Firearm Regulations (H 219)
    • Passage -- Amends Public Charter School Laws (H 221)
    • Passage -- Expands Tax Credit for New Employees (H 88)
    • Passage -- Authorizes Telecommunications Businesses to Solicit Existing Customers (HB 55)

    Bill Failed in State Congress

    • Senate
    • Passage -- Urges the Enforcement of Federal Drug-Free Policy (SJM 101)
    • House
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    Idaho QuickFacts

    History

    • Date of Statehood: July 3, 1890
    • Population 1900: 161,772
    • Population 1950: 588,637
    Geography
    Capital Boise
    Largest City Boise
    Second Largest City Nampa
    Persons per square mile 16

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    • Flower: Syringa
    • Tree: White Pine
    • Bird: Mountain Bluebird
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    • Insect: Monarch Butterfly

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