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
The online registration tool is deactivated at the moment. However, you can still download a paper registration form. Once you complete the form, return it to the Kootenai Elections Office. Please note that the online registration tool will be reactivated on August 26. Please contact your county clerk for more information.
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 is the same as voting by Absentee Ballot. It is a convenient way to vote on your own schedule rather than waiting for election day. It is also convenient if you prefer to complete your ballot at home to avoid the health risk of voting in person. To request an Absentee Ballot, you must complete the online Absentee Ballot Request process. As an alternative, you can download an Absentee Ballot Request form and mail it in. Once you have filled it out, be sure to return it to the Kootenai Elections office well in advance of Election Day. If necessary, you can skip the postal service and drop your ballot at the Elections Office.
Absentee Ballot Request Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, October 23 — for the November 3 General Election.
Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
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 November 3 General Election Calendar*
|Aug. 26||Voter Registration Reopens|
|Sept. 21||Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must mail absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the (Nov. 3) General Election.|
|Oct. 9||Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the Nov. 3 election. (Deadline is 5 p.m. for paper applications or until midnight for online applications.)|
|Oct. 12||Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks to begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the (Nov. 3) General Election.|
|Oct. 19||Early Voting Begins: For those counties that choose to conduct early voting.|
|Oct. 20||Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Nov. 3 election.|
|Oct. 22||Poll Watchers: Deadline for political parties, candidates, or a pro or con representative to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing challengers or watchers to observe at polling places — for the (Nov. 3) General Election.|
|Oct. 23||Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the Nov. 3 election.|
|Oct. 29||Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications through 5 p.m. on November 2 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on October 23.|
|Oct. 30||In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the General Election.|
|Nov. 3||Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m.|
|Nov. 3||Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day.|