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Due to the coronavirus, the way we vote has changed

Vote by Mail. Request an Absentee Ballot.

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Governor Brad Little issued a proclamation stating the the Idaho May 19th Primary Election will be conducted exclusively by absentee ballot (vote by mail). You MUST submit a request to receive a ballot for the May 19, 2020 Primary Election. To request a ballot, complete the form below and return it to the Elections office. You will receive a ballot in approximately 10 days by mail to return to the Elections office. Return your ballot by 8 p.m. on June 2 to be counted. Before requesting a ballot, make sure that you’re registered. You may register up to Election Day, May 19th.

Online Ballot Request Form

Download the Absentee Ballot Request Form

Your party affiliation will affect your ballot choice for this primary election. Please see the ballot option for party affiliations and unaffiliated voters listed on the form.  Check your party affiliation.

Your absentee ballot request form must be received by our Elections office by Election Day, May 19. Your ballot must be received by our Elections office by June 2, 2020.

Questions about the all absentee election? See our FAQ section below, or contact our office (208) 287-6860, [email protected].

Return your completed absentee request form to Ada County Elections by email, [email protected], or return it to our office at 400 N Benjamin Ln, Ste 100, Boise, Idaho 83704. An absentee ballot drop box is available in front of our office to drop off forms.

How to Vote by Mail:

  • Request a ballot. To vote in the May 19th Primary Election, you will need to complete the absentee ballot request form. You can complete the form online, or return the hard copy form to us by mail, fax, email or dropping it in the absentee ballot drop box in front of our office. You may request an absentee ballot online up to May 19, 2020 for the primary election. Please allow seven to 10 days to process your request.
  • Complete your ballot. Take the time to completely fill out your ballot.
  • Return your ballot to Ada County Elections. Once you are done voting, you need to return your ballot to us. You can return your ballot by mail or return it to our office absentee ballot drop-box in person. All ballots must be returned to our office by 8 p.m. on June 2nd in order to be counted.

Ada County Elections
400 N Benjamin Ln, Ste 100
Boise, ID 83704
Fax: (208) 287-6939
[email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions about the All-Absentee May 19th Primary Election

How can I vote in the May primary?

Given the growing health concerns related to the coronavirus, it simply is not safe to hold in-person voting. This means, there will be no physical polling locations for the May primary. If you want to vote in the primary, you must request an absentee ballot either online through the Secretary of State’s website (www.IdahoVotes.gov) or through your county clerk. Ballots must be received by the clerk by June 2, 2020 in order to be counted.

How do I request my ballot?

Requesting a ballot is easy. Simply go online to the Secretary of State’s website (www.IdahoVotes.gov) to request your ballot for the May primary or contact your county clerk. You must request your ballot by May 19.

In order to request a ballot, you will need to be registered to vote in Idaho. As long as you have an Idaho’s driver’s license, you can register to vote online at IdahoVotes.gov. Otherwise, you can contact your county clerk and register to vote through the mail. Make sure you are a registered voter today, so you can participate in the election by May 19.

When do I need to request my ballot?

If you want to vote in the May primary, you must request your ballot by May 19. In order to protect the health of Idaho’s communities and slow the spread of the coronavirus, there will be no in-person polling locations for the May primary. So, if you do not have a ballot sent to you, you will not be able to vote in this election.

Do I need to declare my political affiliation to vote in the May primary?

Your political affiliation will impact your ballot choices for the May primary. Idaho is a closed primary system. This means voters are only allowed to vote in the primary election of their designated political party, unless a political party allows unaffiliated voters or voters registered with a different party to participate in their primary. To put it simply, for this election, the Democratic and non-partisan ballots are available to all registered voters; the Republican ballot is only available to registered Republicans and unaffiliated voters who choose to affiliate as a Republican.  Please note, non-partisan ballots only contain bonds, levies, measures and non-partisan positions like Judges. They do not contain candidates from all parties. The last day voters could change their political affiliation for the May primary was on March 13, 2020. Unaffiliated voters can change their party affiliation up to May 19, 2020.

Why is voting changing for the May primary? Will there be any polling places?

Idaho’s Governor Brad Little, Secretary of State Lawerence Denney, and Idaho’s 44 county clerks are concerned about the growing number of coronavirus cases in our state. They are taking strong action to preserve the health of Idahoans. The May 19 primary will be conducted by mail using absentee ballots in order to protect voters, election workers and our communities and to slow the spread of COVID-19. Some counties may choose to have a physical drop off location for ballots on May 19, so please check with your local county clerk to determine the specific plans for your county.

Is it legal to conduct the May primary this way?

Given the extenuating circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic and Governor Brad Little’s state of emergency declaration, Governor Little has the authority under Section 46-1008(5)a of Idaho code to “suspend the provisions of any regulations prescribing the procedures for conduct of public business that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency”. As such, after consulting with the Secretary of State and Attorney General, Governor Little issued a proclamation authorizing the Secretary of State to conduct the election by mail using absentee ballots.

Why do voters need to submit an absentee request form to receive a ballot?

The absentee request allows a voter to indicate where they’d like their ballot mailed, and, because it’s a primary, which ballot (Republican, Democratic or non-partisan) they’d like to receive.

When will I receive a ballot after I submit my request?

Please allow seven to 10 days to process your request. The first ballots will begin arriving in mailboxes the week of April 13th.