Wednesday is final day to request Idaho absentee ballots

Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa is urging voters who wish to vote absentee to get their requests to their county clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Halloween.

An Oct. 31 postmark is NOT acceptable.

Early voting is available through Friday at the Ada and Canyon county clerks' offices. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane is urging voters to return absentee ballots as soon as they can.

The deadline for returning absentee ballots is 8 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6.

Idaho's clearinghouse for voter information is managed by Ysursa's office and called Idaho Votes. The site includes contact information and locations for Idaho 44 county clerks.

Here is Tuesday's new release from Ysursa:

Last Day to Apply for Absentee Ballot is Wednesday October 31st

(Boise, Idaho) – Secretary of State Ben Ysursa today reminded voters the last day to submit an application for a mail-in absentee ballot is this Wednesday, October 31st and that the last day for in-person absentee voting is this Friday, November 2nd.

Voters have until 5pm tomorrow to request a mail-in absentee ballot from their County Clerk so that a ballot can be mailed to the voter and returned to the county by 8pm on Election Day. Applicants must be registered in Idaho and submit a written request with their name, mailing address and signature. Application forms are available from the County Clerk’s offices or online at

Friday, November 2nd is the last day for absentee voting in-person. Contact your County Clerk for the in-person absentee voting location in your county.

Secretary Ysursa reminded voters that party affiliation does not apply to the General Election and to bring their photo identification to the polls. Voters that are not able to show an acceptable photo identification will be given the option to sign a personal identification affidavit and vote.

Secretary Ysursa said “I encourage every eligible Idahoan to participate and vote either at the polls November 6th or by absentee ballot.”

Voters can check their registration status, locate their polling place, track their absentee ballot and find more information on voter registration at