Idaho voting issues

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Election and registration information

Voting eligibility

You are eligible to vote if you:

  • will be at least 18 years old on election day;
  • are a citizen of the United States, and;
  • have resided in Idaho and in the county for 30 days.

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.

Voter ID requirements

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 the following documents showing the registrant's current address in the precinct are authorized:

  • 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.

Voting machines

2008 election

For the 2008 election Idaho used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.

Main article: Voting machines

Optical scan machines:

Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:

Governmental election authorities

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa

Elections Division website:

Contact information:

  • Elections Phone: (208) 334-2852
  • Elections Fax: (208) 334-2282

Election threats

  • November 4, 2008. Obama supporters report receiving text messages advising they should vote Wednesday to avoid lines. In response Idaho’s Secretary of State issued an advisory that Election Day is Tuesday only.[1]
Main article: Voter suppression#Deceptive_practices
  • For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.[2]

State and local non-governmental election organizations

League of Women Voters

LWV of Idaho, Ms. Maxine Miller, President; Ms. Virginia Foote, Co-President

  • 321 Skyline Drive
  • Lewiston, ID 83501
  • Phone: 208-743-8930
  • E-mail:

Local Leagues:

Articles and resources

See also


External resources

Poll location

Election Protection hotlines

Voting information

Voting rights

Voting requirements

Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials

Absentee voting

Disabled voters

Student voting rights

State ballot

  • See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.


  • Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español

Voting machines

Election law

External articles