Gem State Roundup

Online voter registration ahead of May 17 primary election ends Friday

By: - April 21, 2022 7:21 pm
ballot drop box outside of Boise City Hall

In this file photo, an early voting drop box was available to voters outside Boise City Hall on May 5, 2021. (Otto Kitsinger for Idaho Mountain Sun)

April 22 is the deadline for Idahoans to register to vote online before the May 17 primary elections. 

Idahoans can use the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office’s website to register to vote, check their registration status, request an absentee ballot or double check their polling location, which may have changed this year due to redistricting or other factors.

If Idahoans are not registered to vote and miss Friday’s deadline, they still have options to do so and still vote in the primary election. 

Idahoans may register to vote during early voting, which runs through May 13. Idahoans may also register at the polls on the day of the primary election, which is May 17.

In order to vote in the Republican primary, voters must be affiliated with the Republican Party. Voters who are unaffiliated or who have not registered to vote may affiliate with the Republican Party at the polls when they vote. The Democratic primary is open to all registered voters.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is May 6. Absentee ballots must be received by the local county clerk’s office by the time the polls close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, May 17.


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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.