VOTE: Election 2020
Idaho
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

ID Requirements
Photo identification is required:

Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo ID card
U.S. passport or federal photo ID card
Tribal photo ID card
Current student ID, issued by an Idaho high school or secondary education institution
License to carry a concealed weapon issued by a county sheriff in Idaho

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Idaho?
Yes! Any voter can request a mail-in ballot, no excuse required.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes (Idaho State ID and Social Security number required)

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 23.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by 8:00 pm on Election day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Oct. 19

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadlines for registration are 10/8 (mail) and 10/9 (online).

The deadline for in-person registration is 11/3.

Your state allows any qualified resident to register to vote and cast a ballot on Election Day.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Idaho

Biography

Jim Risch (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Idaho. He assumed office in 2009. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

Risch (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Idaho. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Risch previously was a member of the Idaho State Senate from 1975 to 1988 and 1995 to 2002. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Idaho from 2003 to 2006 and 2007 to 2009 and as the Governor of Idaho from 2006 to 2007.

Risch is a rancher and attorney from Ada County. He was the first Roman Catholic to serve as Governor of Idaho in over 90 years.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Risch is an average Republican member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Republican Party on the majority of bills.

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Initiatives

Idaho Constitutional Amendment HJR4
Require 35 Legislative Districts Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports removing language in the state constitution that allows the legislature to have between 30 and 35 legislative districts and instead requiring the legislature to consist of 35 districts.

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A "no" vote opposes adding the requirement of 35 legislative districts to the Idaho Constitution, thereby maintaining that the number of legislative districts be determined by state statute.