Voting Info

The process of voting should be a simple one. The following information is intended to help you navigate the voting process.

Frequently Asked Questions


The following requirements must be met to register to vote in Idaho.

You must register before voting.


You may register or obtain mail-in registration cards at the Kootenai Elections Office, at any city clerk’s office*, or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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 is similar to Vote by Mail. However, instead of mailing in your ballot, you vote early in person at the Elections Office. Same-Day Absentee Voting is available for a limited time prior to election day. Check the Elections Office Website for further details.


​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.


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

Carrie Phillips, Elections Manager


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P: (208) 446-1030

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Address: 1808 N. 3rd St., Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-3407

Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2019 November 5 Election Calendar*
* The dates listed in this summary are drawn from the Idaho Secretary Of State Elections – 2019 Election Calendar. Any omissions or discrepancies are unintentional.

Aug 28

Registration reopens. (Sec. 34-408, Idaho Code)

Oct 7

County Clerk to mail absentee ballots for the November 5 election to voters who requested absentee ballots. (Sec. 34-1003, Idaho Code and Secretary of State Directive)

Oct 11-22

County Clerk to mail ballots for the November 5 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts. (Sec. 34-308, Idaho Code)

Oct 11

Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. for the November 5 election. Registration closes in those districts holding a November 5 election. Election Day Registration is available. (Sec. 34-408, Idaho Code)

Oct 21

Last day to begin Early Voting for the November 5 election for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)

Oct 25

Last day for an application for a mail-in absentee ballot to be received by the County Clerk not later than 5:00 p.m. for the November 5 election. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)

Nov 1

Last day for in-person absentee voting until 5:00 p.m. for the November 5 election at the absent elector’s polling place. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)

Nov 1

Last day for Early Voting until 5:00 p.m. for the November 5 election at the Early Voting polling place. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)

Nov 5

Last day to return absentee ballots to the County Clerk’s Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. for the November 5 election. (Sec. 34-1005, Idaho Code)

Nov 5

Election 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. (*) At Clerk’s option, polling places may be opened at 7:00 a.m. (Sec. 34-106 and 34-1101, Idaho Code). County Clerk’s office to remain open 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., if the county is holding an election. (Sec. 34-211, Idaho Code)


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