The County Clerk is the chief registration official of their respective county.
As of 2005, Idaho has a statewide voter registration system maintained by each county as electors register to vote in their county.
AS OF JULY 01, 2011, THE NEW CLOSED PRIMARY ELECTION LAW WITH PARTY REGISTRATION BECAME EFFECTIVE.
Each elector is required to:
- Fill out a new Voter Registration Card or
- Fill out a Party Declaration Affiliation Form or
- Declare a party at the polls at the Primary Election.
- Anyone who has not declared a party affiliation by Primary Election will be registered as an unaffiliated voter.
TO REGISTER AND VOTE, YOU MUST:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Idaho and Washington County for thirty (30) days preceding the election.
- Have reached eighteen (18) years of age
You are not eligible to vote if you have been:
- Convicted of a felony and your rights have not been restored.
- If the applicant has an Idaho driver’s license or identification card, the number shall be entered on the registration card.
- If the applicant does not have an Idaho driver’s license or identification card, the last 4 digits of the social security number shall be entered on the registration card.
- The elector’s date of birth is required and shall be entered.
You need to register again if you have:
- Changed your name
- Moved to a different address
- Not voted within the last four (4) years
You may register to vote by mail (www.idahovotes.gov) or in person at the Clerk’s Office.
SAME DAY REGISTRATION
In Idaho we also have same day registration, which gives you the privilege to register on Election Day. In order to register and vote on Election Day you must:
- Appear in person
- Have a photo ID and proof of 30-day residency such as a:
- Drivers license or
- Idaho ID card and
- A document that contains a valid physical address in the precinct you reside that connects you to that address for thirty or more days.
Contact the Clerk’s Office if you have questions.
Mail-in Voter Registration Cards
Idaho accepts FPCA (Federal Post Card Application) Voter Registration cards.
We are happy to provide a mail-in registration card to any Idahoan wishing to register to vote.
Please email your request to: firstname.lastname@example.org – Be sure to include your name and the mailing address you wish the card sent to and your county resident address.
In order to be pre-registered for an upcoming election, the County Clerk must receive your card postmarked no later than the 25th day prior to the election. If you miss the deadline to pre-register, you can still register at the polls on election day.
You can contact your County Clerk’s office to find out where your polling place is, or go to www.idahovotes.gov and enter you physical address to obtain the information.
Information Required on Voter Registration Application
The application for registration requires the following information:
- driver’s license number
- date of birth
- residence in Idaho
- physical residence
- mailing address (if different from your residence)
- legal disqualifications
- party affiliation
NOTE: A post office box is not a physical address. Please use a street address. If no street address, describe location of residence (such as cross streets, section, township, range, etc.).
You will be asked for your telephone number, however, it is not required for voter registration.
If you have changed your address, you will be asked for the county and state of your last registration. The County Clerk will notify the county of previous residency and your registration in that county will be canceled.
If you have changed your name, you will be asked for your previous name.
You will be asked if you have a felony conviction without having civil rights restored. (See Idaho Code, Chapter 18, Section 310, paragraph (2).)
As required by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (P.L. 107-252), a copy of proper identification will be required prior to issuance of a ballot to anyone who has registered by mail and has not previously voted in an election for federal office in the state. Proper identification consists of:
- A current and valid photo identification; or
- A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows the name and address of the voter.
Upon request, the Office of the Secretary of State can furnish a list of all registered voters for a fee of $20.00. Any County Clerk can furnish a list of registered voters for their county. The first 100 pages are free. Page 101 and the following pages are $.10 per page plus sales tax.
In Washington County, any person obtaining a list of registered voters shall sign a Waiver stating how the list cannot be used.