Effective July 1, 2011, Idaho Code 34-404 ... every registered voter is to choose their political party that they will be associated with. If you do not make a choice, you will automatically be assigned an "unaffiliated" status. You can choose your party when you vote at the next primary election or you may fill out a new registration form and mail to our office: Boise County Elections, PO Box 1300, Idaho City, ID 83631.
ID REQUIRED FOR VOTING (CLICK HERE)
The County Clerk is the Chief Registration Official for the County and is in charge of all Federal, State, Taxing District Elections and Boise County Elections. The four (4) election dates per year are:
- The 2nd Tuesday in March (school bond or levy).
- The 3rd Tuesday in May (primary election and/or taxing districts elections).
- The last Tuesday in August (school bond or levy).
- The Tuesday following the 1st Monday in November (general election and/or taxing districts elections).
and/or Special Emergency Election.
Idaho Secretary of State's Office: www.idahovotes.gov
The above link is a resourceful tool to see if you are registered to vote, what address you are registered to vote at and where your polling place is located. Please take note to what your registered address is. If you have moved or your address has changed since then, you will need to re-register to vote. Voter registration cards can also be found at the above link or you may get one at any of the places listed where you can register to vote. You can also request that the County mail you a registration card. You must be a qualified elector to register to vote at your place of residence.
Has the County received my absentee ballot request and/or my absentee ballot? You can use the Idaho Votes website to check the status of your absentee ballots. The information on the site is supplied from the County to the Secretary of State and is updated daily.
Absentee Voting is available through the Clerks Office, 420 Main Street, Idaho City, 392-4431 ext. 121.
Application for Absentee Ballot - Click on http://idahovotes.gov/VoterReg/absentee.pdf for application. If you are unable to view the application, please download adobe acrobat from the following site: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html?promoid=BUIGO
If you are submitting an absentee ballot request form for a full year of voting, you must submit a new request every year even though you will always be voting absentee.
Please fill out entire absentee application and fax to 208-392-4473, attn: Sarita or bring to the Clerk's office at 420 Main St., Idaho City. Once the application is received, the information will be validated and if all is correct, a ballot will be sent out the same day; if the mail has not already gone out and if so, then it will be sent out the next business day or you can vote at that time in the clerk's office. Mail absentee ballot requests must be received no later than six (6) days prior to an election by 5 p.m. You cannot physically take any ballots out of the County Office. If you wish to view your ballot(s) outside of the County Office to vote on, then the ballot(s) will have to be mailed to you. If you are not already registered to vote, you can send in a completed voter registration card with your absentee ballot request as long as it is postmarked no later than 25 days prior to an election. If you have not previously voted in an election for federal office in the State of Idaho, you will need to include with your registration card, (1) a current photo ID OR (2) a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document that shows your name and current physical address. (Sec. 34-310, Idaho Code). If it is within 25 days prior to an election and you are not registered to vote, you will not be able to vote absentee by mail. You have the option to come into the Clerk's office to vote absentee and register in person at the same time; up to the Friday prior to the election. Election day registration is available at your polling place, bring proof of residency with you. Absentee ballots must be received in the Clerk's office by 8:00 p.m. on election day. If you have any questions, please call 392-4431 ext. 121.
You may register to vote at the following places prior to the deadline for the election: Election Day registration is available.
- County Clerk's Office, 420 Main St., Idaho City, ID
- Horseshoe Bend Courthouse - 383 Hwy 55, Horseshoe Bend, ID
- City Clerks are NO LONGER registrars, they cannot register people for voting.
- School Clerks are NO LONGER registrars, they cannot register people for voting.
34-104. "Qualified elector" defined. "Qualified elector" means any person who is eighteen (18) years of age, is a United States citizen and who has resided in this state and in the county at least thirty (30) days preceding the election in which he/she desires to vote, and who is registered as required by law.
34-107. "Residence" defined. (1)"Residence", for voting purposes, shall be the principal or primary home or place of abode of a person. Principal or primary home or place of abode is that home or place in which his habitation is fixed and to which a person, whenever he is absent, has the present intention of returing after a departure or absence therefrom, regardless of the duration of absence.
(2)In determining what is a principal place of abode of a person, the following circumstances relating to such person may be taken into account; business pursuits, employment, income sources, residence for income or other tax pursuits, residence of parents,spouse and children, if any, leaseholds, situs of personal and real property, situs of residence for which the exemption in Section 63-602G, Idaho Code, is filed and motor vehicle registration.
(3)A qualified elector who has left his home and gone into another state or territory or county of this state for a temporary purpose only shall not be considered to have lost his residence.
(4)A qualified elector shall not be considered to have gained a residence in any county or sity of this state into which he come for temporary purposes only, without the intention of making it his home but with the intention of leaving it when he as accomplished the purpose that brought him there.
(5)If a qualified elector moves to another state or to any of the other territories, with the intention of making it his permanent home, he shall be considered to have lost his residency in this state.
Polling Places for Boise County Conducted Elections
Idaho City Precinct #50
Boise County Courthouse
419 Main Street
Idaho City, Idaho
Placerville Precinct #80
Centerville Fire Station
115 Grimes Pass Rd.
Centerville, Idaho 83631
Mores Creek Precinct #70
Wilderness Ranch Fire Station
7 Wilderness Way
Boise, Idaho 83716
Horseshoe Bend Precinct #40
Horseshoe Bend Courthouse Annex
383 Highway 55
Horseshoe Bend, Idaho
Garden Valley Precinct #30
Crouch Community Hall
329 Village Circle
Garden Valley, Idaho
Lowman Precinct #60
Lowman Emergency Services
8000 Hwy 21 - Station #80
Boise County Recorder’s Office
420 Main Street
Idaho City, Idaho
Boise County is a paper ballot county. Sample Ballots are available at the Clerks Office prior to the election date. The Election Department produces poll books and maintains an up-to date list of registered voters, as well as voting history. Candidates filing for County office positions do so in the Clerks Office at 420 Main St., Idaho City. Required financial disclosure reports are filed there also.
Each polling place has a ballot marking device which can assist disabled voters in marking their ballot on Election Day.
2014 Election Dates to Remember
July 7, 2014; last day for a political subdivision to
provide wording and a resolution to the County Clerk for a bond or levy
election for the August 26, 2014 election date.
August 6, 2014; last day for Magistrates, up for retention, to
file Declarations of Candidacy with the County Clerk for the General Election
on November 4, 2014.