Idaho voting issues
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Election and registration information
You are eligible to vote if you:
- will be at least 18 years old on election day;
- are a citizen of the United States, and;
- have resided in Idaho and in the county for 30 days.
You are not eligible to vote if you:
- have been convicted of a felony and have not had your civil rights restored, or;
- are confined in prison on conviction of a criminal offense.
If you meet the other qualifications to register to vote, but have been convicted of a felony (in Idaho, or any other jurisdiction), your civil rights for voting purposes are automatically restored upon completion of your sentence, including any probation or parole.
Voter ID requirements
You may register at the polls on election day by providing proof of residence. All documents used in providing proof of residence shall be accompanied with a photo I.D. Only the following documents showing the registrant's current address in the precinct are authorized:
- a valid Idaho driver's license issued through the department of transportation
- a valid Idaho identification card issued through the department of transportation
- any document which contains a valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card
- Students may also use a current valid student identification card from a post secondary educational institution in Idaho accompanied with a current student fee statement that contains the student's valid address in the precinct together with a picture identification card.
For the 2008 election Idaho used the following voting machines in addition to hand-counted paper ballots in some counties. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Voting's Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Optical scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
Idaho Secretary of State Ben Ysursa
Elections Division website: http://www.idsos.state.id.us/elect/eleindex.htm
- Elections Phone: (208) 334-2852
- Elections Fax: (208) 334-2282
- Email: email@example.com
- November 4, 2008. Obama supporters report receiving text messages advising they should vote Wednesday to avoid lines. In response Idaho’s Secretary of State issued an advisory that Election Day is Tuesday only.
- Main article: Voter suppression#Deceptive_practices
- For an extensive log of voting machine problems, see the VotersUnite! report on election incidents.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of Idaho, Ms. Maxine Miller, President; Ms. Virginia Foote, Co-President
- 321 Skyline Drive
- Lewiston, ID 83501
- Phone: 208-743-8930
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bingham County
- Idaho Falls MAL
- Kootenai County
- Lewis-Clark Valley
- Twin Falls MAL
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- ↑ "Voter Supression Text Messages in Idaho and Montana," New West, November 4, 2008.
- ↑ See the VotersUnite! Election Problem Log.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for Idaho that helps locate Idaho's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See Idaho Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in Idaho. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's Idaho page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in Idaho.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Idaho page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in Idaho. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's Idaho general information page, which provides information on Idaho election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.