Idaho ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: Idaho will conduct its upcoming primary by mail only.  All registered voters who have not yet requested an absentee ballot will receive the request form automatically.  The voter must complete, sign and return the form in order to obtain a ballot.  The deadline for submission of the ballot is May 19, which is also the deadline to register to vote.  In order for the ballot to be counted, it must be received by the county clerk’s office on June 2.  No ID is required, but the voter’s signature on the ballot must match the registration signature.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Idaho voter can vote absentee. No excuse is necessary.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 17, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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