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Voter Information FAQ

When is the next election?

The next election will be held on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.

How do I register to vote?

You can save time and register to vote before election day online at the Secretary of State’s website. You can also register at your voting place when you go to cast your ballot. If your address has changed since the last election, take the time to update your voter registration.

Where do I vote?

Visit our helpful tool and enter your address to find your exact polling place.

Where are the early voting sites for the upcoming election?

Check back closer to the election for an updated list of early voting locations.

Who is allowed to vote?

In order to vote in the next election, you must meet all of the requirements below. Please keep in mind, Idahoans can register to vote in advance of the election or when they show up to vote at the polls.

  • You must be 18 by Election Day
  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must have lived in Ada County for 30 days prior to Election Day
  • Provide valid photo identification (state issued ID, tribal card, U.S. passport or current student ID)
  • You must provide either a state ID number or the last four digits of your social security number
  • You must provide proof of residency (vehicle registration, current utility bill, bank statement, etc.)
  • Felons may not register until they have completed the terms of their sentence

Do I have to vote on Election Day?

If you will not be in town on Election Day, you can still cast your ballot if you choose to vote early or vote by mail. You can visit this page to learn more details.

When does early voting start?

Early voting typically starts 15 to 22-days prior to the election.

How do I vote by mail?

We have an entire page dedicated to answering this question. Visit our Early Voting page to get easy step by step instructions.

Can I register on Election Day?

You can register to vote on Election Day. You will need to bring a valid photo I.D. and proof of residency.

How do I declare political affiliation?

When you register to vote, you have the option to affiliate with a political party. However, voters may change or declare their party affiliation by completing a form and mailing it to our office or emailing to elections@adacounty.id.gov.

May I vote if I’ve been convicted of a crime?

After you’ve completed all of the terms of your sentence, you will be allowed to vote in the next election.

I’ve moved since the last election. What do I need to do?

You can easily update your address with the Secretary of State’s office online. Click here to get started.

Can I check my voter registration online?

The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office allows you to check your voter registration status on its website. If you want to confirm your information is correct, click here.

Am I required to vote for everything on the ballot?

While we encourage everyone to complete their entire ballot, you may choose to only vote for the candidate or issues you care about and leave other sections of your ballot blank.

How do I find what is on the ballot?

We’ve created a tool that allows you to see exactly what will be on your ballot. Click here to see what candidates and issues you will get to vote on in the upcoming election.

Where can I get information on candidates and issues?

If you would like to learn more about what will be on the ballot in an upcoming election, we recommend checking with your favorite local media source. Many local media outlets produce voter guides to help you become a more informed voter.

I won’t be in Ada County on Election Day. How do I vote?

Ada County has worked hard to make voting accessible for everyone – even if you are out of town on Election Day. You may choose to vote prior to the election at one of our early voting polling places or vote by mail. Please visit our Early Voting page to learn more about the options available to you.

How many active polling places are there on Election Day?

There are 149 active polling places in Ada County.

When are the election results posted?

Once the polls close on Election Day and we start to count the ballots, unofficial results are posted live on our website. Here is the link to see results as they come in.

Are the polling places ADA accessible?

Yes, Ada County is committed to making voting accessible for everyone. All of our polling places are equipped with a voter assistance terminal to make it easier for voters who have difficulties seeing or marking their ballot. If you need extra help, poll workers can assist you or you can bring someone you trust along with you when you vote. Ada County also offers curbside voting for individuals who may have difficulty making it inside the polling place. You can learn more about our accommodations by visiting Voters with Disabilities page.

How do primaries work in Idaho?

Primary elections help narrow down a field of candidates for a particular political party and determine who should ultimately represent the party in the general election. Starting in 2011, you must be associated with the political party in whose primary you are voting. However, political parties have the ability to open their primaries to unaffiliated voters or voters registered with another party if they notify the Secretary of State’s office ahead of the election. To learn more about voting in a primary, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

What precinct am I in?

To determine what precinct you are in, visit our Polling Place Locator tool. Type in your address and hit search. Once your address pops up, click on it to see the address of your polling place and precinct number.

Did you receive my vote by mail request?

You may contact our office at (208) 287-6860 to check the status of your absentee ballot.

How long does it take to get my ballot if I vote by mail?

If you would like to vote by mail, please give our office seven to 10 days to process your request plus a few additional days for your ballot to be mailed back to you.

What if I lost my ballot or made a mistake on it?

If you are voting by mail and you make a mistake on your ballot, please call us at (208) 287-6860 and we will help you determine what to do next.