There are special deadlines for requesting an absentee ballot when a voter is physically unable to vote in-person on Election Day because of a hospital stay starting after the normal deadline to request an absentee ballot. In this situation, the voter may request an "emergency situation absentee ballot" from the county clerk no earlier than 5 days prior to the election and no later than 5pm on the Monday before the election.

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Idaho absentee ballot deadlines

Request deadlines

  • In Person: Received by 5pm on the Friday before Election Day.
  • By Mail: Received by 5pm 11 days before Election Day.
  • Online: Received by 5pm 11 days before Election Day.

Ballot deadlines

  • Voted ballots are due: Received by 8pm on Election Day.

Idaho absentee ballot rules

Any registered Idaho voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Idaho absentee ballot directions

  1. Use our Absentee Ballot Tool to prepare your application.
  2. Sign and date the form. This is very important!
  3. Return your completed application to your Local Election Office as soon as possible. We'll provide the mailing address for you.
  4. All Local Election Offices will accept mailed or hand-delivered forms. If it's close to the deadline, call and see if your Local Election Office will let you fax or email the application.
  5. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
  6. Please contact your Local Election Office if you have any further questions about the exact process.

Tracking your ballot

You can track your ballot directly with your state.

Once you receive your ballot...

  1. Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Sign and date where indicated.
  3. Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
  4. Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.