Voting Information

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.
2018 Election Calendar*
* The dates listed in this summary are drawn from the Idaho Secretary Of State Elections – 2018 Election Calendar. Any omissions or discrepancies are unintentional.
October 9 Last day declaration of intent to be filed by write-in candidates for the General Election (November 6) with the Secretary of State or County Clerk. This filing is for Federal, State, Legislative, or County candidates. (Sec. 34-702A, Idaho Code)
October 12 Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. for the General Election (November 6). Election Day Registration is available. (Sec. 34-408, Idaho Code)
October 13-23 (Saturday – Tuesday) County Clerk to mail ballots for the November 6 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts. (Sec. 34-308, Idaho Code)
October 22 Last day to begin Early Voting at the Early Voting polling place for the General Election (November 6) for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)
October 25 First notice of General Election (November 6) is published 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)
October 25 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 General Election (November 6). (Sec. 34-304, Idaho Code)
October 26 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 General Election (November 6). (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)
October 27 (Saturday) Last day for the County Clerk to examine election register and note challenges from the August 28 election. (Sec. 34-432, Idaho Code)
October 27 (Saturday) Last day for the Secretary of State to certify vacancy candidates for the General Election (November 6), who have been appointed by the central committees, to the County Clerks. (Sec. 34-909, Idaho Code)
November 1 Second notice of General Election (November 6) 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)
November 2 Last day for in-person absentee voting until 5:00 p.m. for the General Election (November 6) at the absent elector’s polling place. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho Code)
November 2 Last day for Early Voting until 5:00 p.m. for the General Election (November 6) at the Early Voting polling place. (Sec. 34-1012, Idaho Code)
November 6 Last day to return absentee ballots to the County Clerk’s Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. for the General Election (November 6). (Sec. 34-1005, Idaho Code)
November 6 General 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. 34-101 and 34-1101, Idaho Code)

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