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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Idaho.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 November 7 City Election -- Date: November 7,2017

Deadlines
September 23, 2017 Candidates: Last day to withdraw before the Election:Last day a candidate for the November 7 election to withdraw before the November 7 election.
October 6, 2017 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:County Clerk to mail absentee ballots for the November 7 election to voters who requested absentee ballots.
October 13, 2017 Voter Registration Begins:Last day to pre-register to vote with the County Clerk until 5:00 p.m. for the November 7 election. Registration closes in those districts holding a November 7 election. Election Day Registration is available.
October 14, 2017 :County Clerk to mail ballots for the November 7 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts.
October 23, 2017 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts:Last day to begin Early Voting at the Early Voting Polling Place for the November 7 election for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting.
October 27, 2017 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: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 November 7 election.
November 3, 2017 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends:Last day for in-person absentee voting until 5:00 p.m. for the November 7 election at the absent elector's polling place. (Sec. 34-1002, Idaho
November 7, 2017 Absentee Ballot return deadline :Last day to return absentee ballots to the County Clerk's Elections Office by 8:00 p.m. for the November 7 election.

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 May 15 Primary Election -- Date: May 15,2018

Deadlines
April 21, 2018 :County Clerk to mail ballots for the May 15 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts.
April 30, 2018 :Last day to begin Early Voting at the Early Voting Polling Place for the Primary Election (May 15) for those counties who elect to conduct Early Voting.
May 1, 2018 :County Clerk to mail ballots for the May 15 election to voters in designated Mail Ballot Precincts.
May 23, 2018 :County Clerk issues certificates of nomination or election to candidates and certifies to the Secretary of State for the Primary Election

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
September 22, 2018 :Last day for the County Clerk to mail absentee ballots for the General Election (November 6) to voters who requested absentee ballots prior to the 45th day before the election.
October 22, 2018 :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.
October 26, 2018 :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).
November 2, 2018 :Last day for Early Voting until 5:00 p.m. for the General Election (November 6) at the Early Voting polling place.

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020

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Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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