Including Student Information

+ Print

+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

  • Voter Registration Deadline: 25 days before Election Day
  • You may also register to vote at the polls on Election Day
  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 12, 2018
  • General Election: November 6, 2018

+ Official Election Websites

+ Register at School or Home

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Idaho’s voter registration form asks for your Idaho driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security Number. Be sure to provide one of these numbers if you have it.

+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

All voters are required to present a photo identification before voting at the polls or during early voting, or to sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. Acceptable identification includes:

  • An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho transportation department
  • A U.S. passport or federal photo identification card
  • A tribal photo identification card
  • A current student photo identification card issued by an Idaho high school or post-secondary education institution
  • An Idaho concealed carry permit

If a voter does not have the required identification he or she can sign a Personal Identification Affidavit. After signing the Personal Identification Affidavit, the voter should be given a ballot that will be tabulated with all other ballots.

+ Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at:

+ How Can I Vote?

By Mail

  • Idaho residents must apply for an absentee mail-in ballot, but may do so without an excuse.
  • Applications for absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the county clerk via mail or fax by 5 p.m. 11 days before Election Day. A voter may submit an absentee mail-in ballot application in person at the county clerk’s office up until the Friday before Election Day.
  • Completed absentee mail-in ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office by 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Early In-person

  • Absentee ballots can also be applied for and cast in person at the absent elector’s polling place, set up by the county clerk’s office.

Election Day

  • Voting sites will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.

+ Common Questions/Concerns

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid
    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
  • Tuition Status
    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community

Will registering to vote in Idaho affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • With few exceptions, registering to vote in Idaho will have no impact on changing your driver’s license and motor vehicle registration. However, as a full–time student in Idaho, you may have to make these changes regardless of whether you register to vote in Idaho. For more information, you may wish to contact the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed Idaho legal professional.

Last updated June 2018