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Idaho

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Vote at Home Score

2020 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed-out ballots

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2016 General Election

Turnout rate (VEP)

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Votes cast from mailed out ballots

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State election policies as of 2022...

Full Vote-at-Home

0/10

Full Vote-at-Home

Voter automatically mailed ballot for every election

No Excuse Required

6/6

No Excuse Required

No excuse to vote from home

Single Sign-Up

0/6

Single Sign-Up

Voter signs up once to receive mail ballot for all future elections

Local Vote-at-Home Option

2/5

Local VAH Option

Local governments have discretion to conduct full vote-at-home elections

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

2/2

Online Mail Ballot Sign-Up

Voter can apply for mail ballot online

Ballot Tracking

1/4

Ballot Tracking

Voter can receive ballot status notifications.

In-Person Ballot Return

4/5

In-Person Ballot Return

Voter has multiple options to return mail ballot in person

Signature Verification

4/5

Signature Verification

Voter signature verified before ballot is counted

Ballot Cure Process

0/4

Ballot Cure Process

Voter can correct issues so ballot can be counted

Prepaid Postage

4/4

Prepaid Postage

Postage-paid return envelopes provided

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

0/4

Election Day Postmark Acceptance

Ballots postmarked by Election Day are accepted

In-Person Voting

4/4

In-Person Return

Physical locations for voters to vote and receive assistance

Pre-Processing

0/3

Signature Verification

Ballots are verified and scanned before Election Day

Mail Ballot Applications

2/2

Mail Ballot Applications

Election officials can mail ballot applications to all voters eligible to vote from home

Ballot Return Assistance

2/2

Ballot Return Assistance

Voters may receive assistance to return their mail ballot

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Opportunities

Idaho can reduce costs and increase voter convenience by creating a permanent absentee voting list, on which voters can sign up to automatically be sent an absentee ballot for each election without having to re-apply. A permanent absentee list is a voter-centric reform that would also save the state significant expenses by cutting down on the requests it needs to process.
Idaho already allows counties to establish drop boxes, but it should allow them to place them on places other than county property. That way, voters have greater access to the ballot box while security is further ensured by 24/7 video monitoring. Drop boxes reduce strain on the postal system, and are sometimes a preferred method by voters who want more reassurance that their ballots will arrive on time. We also recommend allowing ballots to be received at polling places and other locations deemed necessary by clerks.
In the event that a voter’s ballot is rejected, said voter should have the ability to cure their ballot quickly and simply. As more voters use absentee ballots and, understandably, the number of rejected absentee ballots increases, we recommend implementing a Text2Cure system that allows voters to cure their ballots from their phones.
Ballot tracking software such as Ballot Scout or Ballot TRACE can be a very cost effective tool to improve Idaho’s current ballot tracking system. An expanded notification system helps keep rejection rates low and increases voter confidence and participation.

Recent Legislation

As of May 26, 2021

Before the pandemic, Idaho passed bills that made temporary adjustments to the electoral system in the wake of the COVID pandemic. SB 1001 facilitated ballot preprocessing and SB 1309 provided for access to emergency absentee ballots. In addition, an order issued by the Secretary of State ensured that the 2020 primary election would be conducted entirely by mail. Idaho has not yet passed legislation to codify these electoral improvements, but still has the opportunity to do so.

In its 2021 session, the Idaho Legislature passed H 290, which altered signature verification procedures, and S 1064, which prevented each voter from receiving absentee ballots from primary elections associated with more than one party. It is also currently considering bills that would provide for a cure process, facilitate absentee voting assistance in residential facilities, amend ballot mailing timelines, and enact ballot bearing restrictions. None of these bills have passed yet, but the legislature has the chance to pass them.