Posted by: Avery Roberts on Oct 13, 2020

A record number of people are choosing to vote by mail this year. In Idaho, you can vote by mail by requesting an absentee ballot. Here are some important things to know if you choose to vote with an absentee ballot.

1. The deadline to request a ballot is Friday, October 23rd

You can request your absentee ballot using the online request form, or by submitting a paper application to your County Clerk

2. Any eligible Idaho voter can request an absentee ballot 

Idaho code 34-1002 provides for absentee voting for all registered voters. Unlike other states where you must meet certain eligibility criteria, all Idaho voters are able to request an absentee ballot. 

3. You can check the status of your absentee ballot and voter record here

Absentee ballots have begun mailing. If you'd like to check the status of your request or ballot use the link above. This tool also will show the status of your returned ballot. 

4. Follow the instructions provided with your ballot 

Each county is responsible for creating and mailing absentee ballots. Make sure to follow the instructions provided with your ballots such as placing your ballot in a secrecy sleeve and signing your envelope. 

5. Make sure to return your Absentee Ballot 

You can return your ballot by mail or return it to a drop box location in your county. All ballots must be returned by 8 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted.
For more information on where to vote, to request and an absentee ballot, or volunteer to work the polls, visit