Idaho Election Guide

Election 2022 Information for Cobalt, ID

Voter Registration

Registration Deadline: A citizen may register with their County Clerk up until 24 days prior to any election. You must provide an Idaho Driver’s License number, Idaho Identification Card number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. You may register in person with your County Clerk or by mail if your registration form is postmarked 25 days before any election.

 

Idaho also provides for Election Day registration. To register on Election Day, bring a document with a valid address in your precinct and photo identification when you go to your polling place. Students of a post-secondary education institution may use student photo identification and a fee statement with an address in the precinct from their school to register on Election Day.

 

Re-registration with their County Clerk is required if an elector changes their address. Re-registration is required if an elector changes their name by marriage or for another reason. If an elector has not voted in a Primary or General Election in the last four years re-registration is also required to be listed as a qualified elector in Idaho.

 

Beginning July 1, 2023 all new voter registrations will need to provide one of the approved proof of residence documents in order to complete the registration process.

 

You can register to vote online here.

 

Party Affiliation: In primary elections, unless the party chooses to allow others outside the party to participate in its primary election, only registered voters of a political party may vote to select their party’s nominees. In other words, at primary elections, registered Republicans may vote only for Republican candidates, and registered Democrats may vote only for Democratic candidates. Persons who are registered as “unaffiliated” (meaning not affiliated with any political party) may not vote for partisan candidates in primary elections unless the party decides to allow them. However, an unaffiliated voter may affiliate with a party up to or on Election Day and vote in that party’s election. Independent candidates appear on the ballot only at the general election. You can declare your party affiliation by filling out this form.

 

Changing Party Affiliation: For a primary election, an elector may change their political party affiliation or become “unaffiliated” by filing a signed form with the county clerk no later than the 10th Friday prior to such primary election, as provided for in Idaho Code § 34-704.

An “unaffiliated” elector may affiliate with the party of the elector’s choice by filing a signed form up to and including election day. The application form for an absentee ballot described in Idaho Code § 34-1002, may also be used for this purpose.

An “unaffiliated” elector may affiliate with the party of the elector’s choice on or before election day, by declaring such political party affiliation to the poll worker. The poll worker shall then record in the poll book the elector’s choice. After the primary election, the county clerk shall record the party affiliation so recorded in the poll book as part of such elector’s record within the voter registration system as provided for in Idaho Code § 34-437A.

Voter Registration Qualifications

Age: At least 18 years old on Election Day

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Idaho and the county for 30 days prior to election

Felony Convictions: You cannot register to vote in Idaho if you have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored. Persons convicted of a felony in Idaho have their rights automatically restored upon completion of sentencing including probation or parole.

 

Obtaining a Voter Registration Form

Online: You must have an Idaho Driver’s License or Identification Card to complete the Online Voter Registration process. 

In person: Contact and visit your County Clerk to register in person

By mail/ in writing: Fill out and sign a paper Voter Registration Application and submit the completed card to your local County Clerk’s Office by mail or in-person.

 

Verifying Your Voter Registration Status

Online: Idaho registration verification

Phone: Contact your County Clerk

 

Absentee Ballot Qualifications

Who can vote absentee: Any registered voter may apply to receive an absentee ballot.

 

Obtaining an Absentee Ballot

In person: Application for an absentee ballots can be requested from Clerk’s office

By mail/ in writing: Fill out the Absentee Request Form online, or fill out the paper request form here

Or by submitting a written request with the required information (name of elector, residence address in Idaho and mailing address to which such registration or ballot is to be forwarded) signed by the applicant.

 

If you wish to have an absentee ballot mailed to you, the request must be received by the county clerk’s office by the 11th day prior to the election.

Online: Here.

Note: Use of the online Absentee Ballot request system requires the last 4 digits of your Social Security Number, and a valid Idaho Drivers License Number. 

Military and overseas voting: Idaho policies and procedures for Military and Overseas voters. Idaho allows military and overseas voters to register using the FPCA.

 

Submitting an Absentee Ballot

By Mail: Your ballot must be returned to the County Clerk by 8:00 P.M. on Election Day.

 

EARLY VOTING/ABSENTEE VOTING IN PERSON

You can still cast an absentee ballot in person at the absent elector’s polling place (usually the county clerk’s office) up until 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. Contact your County Clerk for the dates, times and location of early voting in your county. 

 

VOTING ON ELECTION DAY

Polling places are open 8:00 A.M. to 8:00 P.M. but may open earlier, if the county chooses.

 

A photo identification or signed personal identification affidavit is required to vote. 

Acceptable forms of personal identification are:

-An Idaho driver’s license or identification card issued by the Idaho Transportation Department,

-A passport or photo identification card issued by an agency of the United States government,

-A Tribal photo identification,

-A Idaho student photo identification from an accredited institution of higher education including high school, college, university or technical school.

-Personal Identification Affidavit

-A qualified elector may sign a personal identification affidavit at the polling place and vote if they are unable to present an acceptable form of photo identification.

-A license to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho.

ACCESSIBLE VOTING

Ballots and polling places in Idaho are accessible to all voters. If you or someone you know has difficulty seeing or marking a ballot there are several ways to vote. Voters can be assisted at the polls by a person of their choice or by a poll worker. A ballot marking machine with an audio ballot and enlarged print is also available during early voting and at all polling places for State and Federal elections. You may vote from home with a mail-in absentee ballot. Contact your County Clerk before Election Day if you would like assistance to vote or have questions about accessible voting options in Idaho.

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Additional Information

Deciding how to vote: https://votesmart.org

Polling Place: Idaho Polling Place Finder

How to Vote: Voting systems by county

Voting Rights: HAVA Voter Rights

Problems with voting: Idaho HAVA complaint form

Verifying Your Absentee Ballot: Absentee Ballot Enquiry

Citizen’s Guide: English, Spanish

Election 2022 Ballot Measures

Idaho Income Tax Increases for Education Funding Initiative

The initiative would amend state statute to increase the tax on income above $250,000 for individuals, trusts, and estates and above $500,000 for couples filing jointly to $16,097 plus 10.925%. The tax bracket would not be adjusted for inflation until 2025. The initiative would also increase the corporate income tax from 6% to 8%. The new tax brackets and tax rates would take effect on January 1, 2023.

The initiative would also establish the Quality Education Fund. Revenues from the increased taxes would be deposited into the fund. The initiative requires that the funds be distributed to public school districts and charter schools according to their share of the state's average daily attendance during the previous school year.

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Legislative Authority to Call a Special Session Amendment

The amendment would amend the Idaho Constitution to authorize the president pro tempore of the state Senate and the speaker of the state House to convene a special session of the Idaho State Legislature upon receiving a joint written request from 60% of the members of each chamber. The session must commence no later than 15 days after the request is received. The legislature would be allowed to consider only those topics specified in the joint written request during the special session. The amendment would also add to the constitution a requirement that the state legislature meets in organizational sessions commencing on the first Thursday of December after the general election unless a different day shall have been appointed by law.

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Your Elected Officials

Joe Biden
Democratic 
President
Kamala Harris
Democratic 
Vice President
Mike Crapo
Republican 
U.S. Senate
District Senior Seat
James Risch
Republican 
U.S. Senate
District Junior Seat
Mike Simpson
Republican 
U.S. House
District 2
Brad Little
Republican 
Governor
Scott Bedke
Republican 
Lieutenant Governor
Rod Furniss
Republican 
State House
District 31B
Jerald Raymond
Republican 
State House
District 31A
Van Burtenshaw
Republican 
State Senate
District 31
Raúl Labrador
Republican 
Attorney General
Phil McGrane
Republican 
Secretary of State
Brandon Woolf
Republican 
Controller
Dean Cameron
No Party Affiliation 
Director of Insurance
Jani Revier
 
Director of Labor
Chanel Tewalt
 
Director of the Department of Agriculture
Patricia Perkins
 
Director of the Department of Finance
Dustin Miller
 
Director of the Department of Lands
Eric Anderson
Republican 
Public Utilities Commissioner
John Hammond
 
Public Utilities Commissioner
Edward Lodge
 
Public Utilities Commissioner
Debbie Critchfield
Republican 
Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jeff McCray
 
Tax Commissioner
Janet Moyle
 
Tax Commissioner
Paul Woods
 
Tax Commissioner
Jared Zwygart
 
Tax Commissioner
Julie Ellsworth
Republican 
Treasurer
Linda Clark
 
State Board of Education
Bill Gilbert
 
State Board of Education
David Hill
 
State Board of Education
Shawn Keough
 
State Board of Education
Kurt Liebich
 
State Board of Education
Cally Roach
 
State Board of Education
Cindy Siddoway
 
State Board of Education