VOTE: Election 2020
Idaho
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8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

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Photo identification is required:

Idaho driver’s license or Idaho photo ID card
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Can I vote by mail in Idaho?
Any voter can request a Vote by Mail 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
Oct. 19

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October 9
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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 former Democratic 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 April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as 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.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack 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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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

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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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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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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, 2021.

Risch (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Idaho. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. He advanced from the Republican primary on June 2, 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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Biography

Natalie Fleming (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Idaho. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

Fleming was an independent candidate for Idaho's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House. Fleming lost the general election on November 6, 2018.

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Biography

Paulette E. Jordan (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Idaho. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on June 2, 2020.

Jordan (Democratic Party) was a member of the Idaho House of Representatives, representing District 5A. She assumed office in 2014. She left office on February 15, 2018.

Jordan is also a former gubernatorial candidate in Idaho. On February 8, 2018, she announced her intent to resign in order to focus on her run for governor. On February 10, however, she announced that she was instead appointing Margie Gannon (D) as a substitute to serve in her place. Under Idaho code, Jordan was not allowed to appoint a substitute for the entire legislative session. (Substitutes are meant for temporary absences.) Jordan officially resigned from her seat on February 15, 2018 in order to run for governor.

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Biography

Ray Writz (Constitution Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Idaho. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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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.