The choices Idahoans make in Tuesday’s election will help shape government and politics across Idaho and across the country for years.
All statewide offices in Idaho, including governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state treasurer, controller, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction are up for election.
All 115 seats in the Idaho Legislature are also up for election, although more than half the races are not competitive because Democrats are not fielding candidates. Both of Idaho’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and one of Idaho’s seats in the U.S. Senate are also up for election this year.
Depending on where they live, Idahoans may have county offices such as county commissioner or sheriff, community college trustees or nonpartisan judges on their ballots.
Polls across Idaho will be open for in-person voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., local time, on Tuesday for Election Day.
Here are the most important things to know as Idahoans head to the polls or stay glued to live news coverage and social media for updates.
How to vote in Idaho on Election Day
Idahoans can visit the Idaho Secretary of State’s elections website www.voteidaho.gov to find the location of their polling place, check whether they are registered to vote and find out which congressional and legislative district they live in. Because of the 2021 redistricting process, many Idahoans will have a new polling place or live in a new legislative or congressional district for the first time in 10 years, even though they have not moved.
Early voting and in-person absentee voting have already ended in Idaho.
Anyone who has a completed absentee ballot must have their ballot received by their county elections office by the time polls close at 8 p.m. Tuesday. It is too late to mail absentee ballots back and have them arrive in time to be counted. However, voters can still deliver their absentee ballot to a drop box before 8 p.m. and have their vote counted. In Ada County, there are multiple absentee ballot drop box locations, including the Boise, Meridian, Star, Eagle and Kuna city halls, and at the Ada County Elections Office, 400 N. Benjamin Lane in Boise.
Eligible voters who are not yet registered to vote may register at their polling place before they cast their ballot on Tuesday. Idahoans who register at the polls will be asked to prove their identity and residence. According to the Idaho Secretary of State’s office, acceptable forms of identification for proving identity and residency include:
- A valid Idaho driver’s license or state-issued identification card.
- Any document showing a valid address in the precinct, together with a photo identification card.
- A current student ID from an Idaho college or post secondary institution, together with a current student fee statement showing a valid address in the precinct.
How can I learn more about who is running for office in Idaho?
The Idaho Capital Sun has covered many of the debates and statewide candidates and races on the ballot.
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When will the winners of Idaho’s elections be announced?
Election results will begin to be released by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office and local county elections offices at 9 p.m. Mountain Time, once all polls in the state have closed. (Idaho spans the Mountain and Pacific time zones, and polls in both time zones must be closed before election results can begin to be released.)
Final results in some races and some counties may not be available until early Wednesday morning. If a race is close or contested, the outcome may take days or longer to be settled.
Check www.idahocapitalsun.com late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning for elections coverage and results from statewide races, congressional and legislative races.