The process of voting should be a simple one. The following information is intended to help you navigate the voting process.
Frequently Asked Questions
VOTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
The following requirements must be met to register to vote in Idaho.
- U.S. Citizen
- 18 years of age by Election Day.
- A legal resident of Idaho and County/City 30 days prior to an election.
- Idaho military and overseas citizens must comply with the UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act).
You must register before voting.
- If you’ve moved or have a name change you must re-register. Check Your Voter Registration Status
HOW TO REGISTER
You may also Register or Update Your Registration Online.
The open registration deadline is 24 days before an election. Mail-in forms must be post marked 25 days before an election.
If you have not registered prior to an election, you can still register to vote on election day with Proper Photo Identification and dated proof of residence such as a phone bill.
You can also complete the election day registration process if you choose to same day absentee vote at the Elections Office.
SAME DAY ABSENTEE VOTING
VOTE BY MAIL
Vote by Mail (aka Absentee Ballot) is a convenient way to vote on your own schedule if you do not expect to be in town on election day. It is also convenient if you prefer to complete your ballot at home. To receive an Absentee Ballot, you must complete and mail in an Application for Absentee Ballot.
Your Application for Absentee Ballot must be post marked 25 days before the election.
ELECTION DAY VOTING
If you reside in Kootenai County year round and your schedule permits, you have the option to vote on election day at your designated polling place. You can use this online tool to Find Your Polling Place.
Remember to bring a Valid Photo ID and proof of residency with your current address listed, dated at least 30 days prior to the current voting date.
If you do not have a Valid Photo ID or you forget to bring it, you can still vote by signing a Personal Identity Affidavit.
Kootenai Elections information
2020 May 19 State Primary Election Calendar*
|11-Mar||Voter Registration Reopens|
|13-Mar||Last day electors can change political party affiliation|
|13-Mar||Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Deadline for the May 19 primary.|
|13-Mar||County Candidate Filing Deadline for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections.|
|13-Mar||Statewide Candidate Filing Deadline for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections.|
|16-Mar||County Central Committee Notification Deadline for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections.|
|16-Mar||Statewide Central Committees Notification Deadline for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections.|
|17-Mar||County Canvass of the March 10 election.|
|27-Mar||Last day partisan candidates can withdraw from the May 19 primary.|
|3-Apr||County clerks must begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have requested absentee ballots for the May 19 primary.|
|3-Apr||Deadline for political parties to supply names of witnesses for the May 19 primary.|
|3-Apr||Deadline for write-in candidates (running for any nonpartisan elective office) to file a declaration of intent with the clerk of the political subdivision for the May 19 primary.|
|3-Apr||Nonpartisan Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the May 19 primary.|
|21-Apr||Deadline for write-in candidates (running for federal, state, legislative, or county office) to file a declaration of intent for the May 19 primary.|
|27-Apr||County clerks to begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts for the May 19 primary.|
|5-May||Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters for the May 19 election.|
|19-May||Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk for the May 19 primary.|
|19-May||Absentee Ballot Application must be received by the county clerk by 8 p.m. for the May 19 primary.|
|2-Jun||Voted absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 8 p.m.|
|2-Jun||Earliest time for results to be posted for May 19 Primary Election is 9:00 p.m. MST|