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

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

You must register before voting.

HOW TO REGISTER

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.

LATE REGISTRATION
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
​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

​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

Carrie Phillips, Elections Manager

Website: co.kootenai.id.us/elections/
Email: kcelections@kcgov.us
P: (208) 446-1030
F: (208) 446-1039Address:
1808 N. 3rd St.,
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho 83814-3407Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
2019 May 21 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.
13-Mar Registration reopens. (Sec. 34-408, Idaho Code)
22-Mar Last day for filing declarations of candidacy until 5:00 p.m. for candidates for the May 21 election with the clerk of the political subdivision. This filing is for political subdivision candidates. (Sec. 34-1404, Idaho Code)
22-Mar Last day for the Board of County Commissioners to meet and canvass the vote for the March 12 election. (Sec. 34-1410, Idaho Code)
22-Mar County Clerk to certify election results to the political subdivisions for the March 12 election. This date depends upon the date the County Board of Canvassers meets. The results should be certified to the political subdivision(s) immediately after the County Canvassers meet. (Sec. 34-1410, Idaho Code)
29-Mar Last day for the clerk of the political subdivision to certify the nominees to be placed on the ballot of the political subdivision for the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-1404, Idaho Code)
1-Apr Last day for a political subdivision to certify the wording to the County Clerk for a bond, levy, initiative, referendum, recall or any other ballot question ordered for the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-106, Idaho Code)
5-Apr Last day declaration of intent to be filed by a write-in candidate with the clerk of the district for the May 21 election. This filing is for political subdivision candidates. (Sec.34-1407, Idaho Code)
5-Apr Last day a candidate for the May 21 election to withdraw before the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-1405A, Idaho Code)
11-Apr Last day for a supporter or opponent of a ballot measure which appeared on the March 12 election to request a recount with the County Clerk. This date is dependent upon when the County canvasses the election results (i.e. 20 days from canvass). (Sec. 34-2301, Idaho Code)
11-Apr Last day for an elector to contest the March 12 election by filing in the proper court. This date is dependent upon when the County canvasses the election results (i.e. 20 days from canvass). (Sec. 34-2008, Idaho Code)
11-Apr Last day for the County Clerk to submit a request to the Secretary of State for a modification of election procedures for political subdivision for the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-1413, Idaho Code)
19-Apr County Clerk to appoint election personnel for the May 21 election.
19-Apr Last day for County Commissioners to designate polling places prior to the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-302, Idaho Code)
22-Apr County Clerk to mail absentee ballots for the May 21 election to voters who requested absentee ballots. (Sec. 34-1003, Idaho Code and Secretary of State Directive)
26-Apr Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. for the May 21 election. Registration closes in those districts holding a May 21 election. Election Day Registration is available. (Sec. 34-408, Idaho Code)
April 29-May 7 County Clerk to mail ballots for the May 21 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts. (Sec. 34-308, Idaho Code)
6-May Last day to begin Early Voting for the May 21 election for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)
9-May First notice of election is published for the May 21 election by the County Clerk in the official newspaper(s) of the county. Published in at least two newspapers within the county, if possible. (Sec. 34-602 and 34-1406, Idaho Code)
9-May Last day for the County Clerk to receive written requests for the purpose of authorizing persons to act as watchers and challengers at the polling place for the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-304, Idaho Code)
10-May 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 May 21 election. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)
10-May Last day for the County Clerk to examine election register and note challenges from the March 12 election. (Sec. 34-432, Idaho Code)
16-May Second notice of election for the May 21 election is published by the County Clerk in the official newspaper(s) of the county. Facsimile sample ballot published at this time. Published in at least two newspapers within the county, if possible. (Sec. 34-602, 34-1406, and 34-2425, Idaho Code and Secretary of State Directive)
17-May Last day for in-person absentee voting until 5:00 p.m. for the May 21 election at the absent elector’s polling place. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)
17-May Last day for Early Voting until 5:00 p.m. for the May 21 election at the Early Voting polling place. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)
21-May Last day to return absentee ballots to the County Clerk’s Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. for the May 21 election. (Sec. 34-1005, Idaho Code)
21-May 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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