Gem State Roundup

Idaho polls open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time today for 2022 primary elections

By: - May 17, 2022 4:30 am

Polls are open for in-person voting from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. local time across Idaho. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Capital Sun)

Polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today for Idaho’s 2022 primary election.

This year’s elections in Idaho are among the most consequential in years. All statewide offices are up for election, including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and superintendent of public instruction. Additionally, all 105 seats in the Idaho Legislature are up for election this year. 

This year, many Idaho voters will find that their polling place, legislative district or even congressional district changed due to 2021’s redistricting process of redrawing political boundaries based on new 2020 census data. Idahoans can enter their address into the Secretary of State’s website to find their polling place. Voters may also use that website to double check if they are registered to vote and find out which district and precinct they live in.

Even though so many seats are up for election this year, that doesn’t mean every race on every primary election ballot is contested. Republicans have numerous contested statewide, congressional and legislative races to decide today.

On the other hand, Democrats aren’t running candidates in most legislative races this year, and there are no contested Democratic legislative primary races. 

In order to vote in the Republican primary election, voters must be affiliated with the Republican primary. The Democratic primary election is open to all voters regardless of party affiliation. 

Idahoans may register to vote at the polls when they vote today, and unaffiliated voters can choose to affiliate with the political party of their choice or remain unaffiliated. 

The winners of today’s primary elections will advance to the Nov. 8 general election, which will also include independent and third party candidates. 

Statewide results will begin to be released at 9 p.m. mountain time on Tuesday, and the Idaho Capital Sun plans detailed coverage of the state’s biggest races throughout the evening. 


Be prepared to vote today 

Idahoans can use the Secretary of State’s official online voting site to double check whether they are registered to vote, which district they live in and where their polling place is located. Ada County also maintains an elections website that allows Ada County voters to confirm their polling place and preview their ballot online. 

If you are not registered to vote, you can do so at your polling place when you vote. Unregistered voters will need to show up at the correct polling place (which they can find at the Secretary of State online voting site), and provide proof of their residency dated at least 30 days before the election. To prove residency, Idahoans can bring an Idaho driver’s license or state ID card with their current address, or bring a document, including mail, a lease or utility bill with their valid address together with a picture ID. Student IDs issued by an Idaho college or university, along with a student fee statement that shows the address are also accepted. 

Registered voters will need to show a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, state ID, passport, an Idaho student ID, concealed weapons permit or tribal ID card, or sign a sworn identification affidavit. More information about ID and registration requirements is available on the Secretary of State’s voting website


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Clark Corbin
Clark Corbin

Clark Corbin has more than a decade of experience covering Idaho government and politics. He has covered every Idaho legislative session since 2011 gavel-to-gavel. Prior to joining the Idaho Capital Sun he reported for the Idaho Falls Post Register and Idaho Education News. His reporting in Idaho has helped uncover a multimillion-dollar investment scam and exposed inaccurate data that school districts submitted to the state.