Election Calendars

Election Calendars

2020 Election Calendar

Last updated August 28, 2020.

January

Date Description
3 Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the Nov. 6 election, and note challenges. [Sec. 34-432(1), Idaho Code]
15 Election Precincts: Deadline for county commissioners to establish election precincts. [§34-301, Idaho Code]
17 Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
21 Precinct Committeemen List: Deadline for county clerks to deliver — to the chairman of the county central committee of each political party — a list (in writing) of the election precincts in the county with the precinct committeemen who were elected at the last primary election or who have since been appointed. [§34-502, Idaho Code]
21 Ballot Question Submission Deadline: School districts must supply ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond or property tax levy questions — to be placed on the ballot — for the March 10 election. [§34-106, Idaho Code]
24 Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the March 10 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
27 Presidential Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day presidential candidates can withdraw — from the (March 10) presidential primary election — or have their name removed from the ballot. [§34-733, Idaho Code]
27 Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the March 10 presidential primary. [§34-1003, Idaho Code]
30 Sample Ballot: Secretary of state to provide county clerks with the sample form of the March 10 presidential primary ballot. [§34-712, Idaho Code]
30 Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the March 10 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]

February

Date Description
3 Precinct Committeemen Certification: Deadline for the chairman (of each county central committee) to certify — to the county clerk — the names and addresses of the precinct committeemen of the political party. [§34-502, Idaho Code]
7 Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the March 10 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
7 Election Personnel: Deadline for precinct committeemen to recommend (in writing) election board personnel — to the county clerk — for the March 10 presidential primary. [§34-303, Idaho Code]
14 Preregistration Deadline: Voter registration deadline for the March 10 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
18 Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the March 10 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
24 Early Voting Begins: For those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
25 Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the March 10 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
27 Election Observers: Deadline for political parties or candidates to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing challengers or watchers to observe at polling places — for the March 10 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
27 Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the March 10 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
28 Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the March 10 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
28–Mar. 6 Publish Notification of Candidate Filing Deadline: County clerk must publish a notification of the candidate filing deadline — for the May 19 primary — during this period. The notice should appear in the official newspaper(s) of the political subdivision. [§34-1405, Idaho Code]

March

Date Description
2 Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Begins: Petitions to nominate political subdivision candidates — for the May 19 primary — may begin being filed with the clerk of the political subdivision. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
2 County Candidate Filing Begins: Candidates (including independents) who plan to run for county office — during the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections — may begin filing declarations of candidacy with the county clerk. [§34-704 and §34-708, Idaho Code]
2 Statewide Candidate Filing Begins: Candidates (including independents) who plan to run for precinct, state, or district office — during the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections — may begin filing declarations of candidacy with the secretary of state. [§34-704 and §34-708, Idaho Code]
5 Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the March 10 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
6 In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the March 10 election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]
10 Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
10 Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
11 Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
13 Political Party Affiliation: Last day electors can change political party affiliation (with the county clerk) or become “unaffiliated” before the May 19 primary. [§34-411A, Idaho Code]
13 Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Deadline: Petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. — with the clerk of the political subdivision — to nominate political subdivision candidates — for the May 19 primary. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
13 County Candidate Filing Deadline: Candidates (for county office; including independents) must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections. [§34-704 and §34-708, Idaho Code]
13 Statewide Candidate Filing Deadline: Candidates (for precinct, state, or district office; including independents) must file a declaration of candidacy with the secretary of state by 5 p.m. — for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections. [§34-704 and §34-708, Idaho Code]
16 County Central Committee Notification Deadline: County clerk to notify the central committee of the candidates who are qualified to run for county/precinct office — for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections. [§34-706, Idaho Code]
16 Statewide Central Committees Notification Deadline: Secretary of state to notify the legislative district and state central committees of the candidates who are qualified to run for legislative, federal, and state office — for the May 19 and Nov. 3 elections. [§34-706, Idaho Code]
17 County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the March 10 election. [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
17* County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the March 10 election — to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass.) [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
20 Nonpartisan Nominee Certification: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to certify nominees — to be placed on the ballot — for the May 19 primary. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
20 Ballot Question Submission Deadline: Political subdivisions must submit ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond, levy, initiative, referendum, or other question — to be placed on the ballot — for the May 19 primary [§34-106, Idaho Code]
23 Partisan Candidate Certification: Deadline for the Secretary of state to certify candidates — for federal, state, and district office — for the May 19 primary. (Candidates who are appointed after this deadline will be certified within one business day.) [§34-705(2) and §34-705(3), Idaho Code]
25 State Board Canvass: Deadline for the state board of canvassers to meet and conduct the canvass — of the March 10 election. §34-1211, Idaho Code]
27 Partisan Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day partisan candidates can withdraw from the May 19 primary. [§34-717, Idaho Code]

April

DateDescription
1Mail Ballot Precinct Designation: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to designate mail ballot precincts. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
3Absentee Ballot Delivery Witnesses: Deadline for political parties to supply names of witnesses (if desired) to accompany the clerk in the personal delivery of an absentee ballot — for the May 19 primary. [§34-1003(5), Idaho Code]
3Nonpartisan Write-In Candidates: Deadline for write-in candidates (running for any nonpartisan elective office) to file a declaration of intent with the clerk of the political subdivision — for the May 19 primary. [§34-1407, Idaho Code]
3Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the May 19 primary. [§34-1405A, Idaho Code]
3Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the May 19 primary. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
6Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the May 19 primary. [§34-1003, Idaho Code]
6*Local Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the results — of the (March 10) local election results. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass.) [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
6*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing an early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
9Sample Ballot: Secretary of state to provide county clerks with the sample form of the May 19 primary ballot. [§34-712, Idaho Code]
9Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the May 19 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
14*Statewide Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the results — of the presidential primary. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the state canvass.) [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
17Election Personnel: Deadline for precinct committeement to recommend (in writing) election board personnel — to the county clerk — for the May 19 primary. [§34-303, Idaho Code]
21Partisan Write-In Candidates: Deadline for write-in candidates (running for federal, state, legislative, or county office) to file a declaration of intent — for the May 19 primary. [§34-702A, Idaho Code]
27Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the May 19 primary. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
30*Initiative Signature Deadline: Last day to circulate initiative petitions for signatures. (*This date may vary; the deadline can’t extend past the 18-month circulation period. [§34-1802(1), Idaho Code]

May

DateDescription
1*Initiative Submission Deadline: Last day to submit signed petitions to the county clerk (by the close of business) for verification. (*This date may vary; the deadline can’t extend past the 18-month circulation period. [§34-1802(2), Idaho Code]
5Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the May 19 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
7Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the May 19 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
8Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the March 10 election, and note challenges. [§34-432(1), Idaho Code]
14Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the May 19 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
14Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications from this date through 5 p.m. on May 18 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on May 8. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
19Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the May 19 primary. (Deadline is 8 p.m. for paper applications.) [Governor’s Proclamation dated April 1, 2020, Provision #5, pursuant to the Governor’s earlier emergency and extreme emergency declarations.]
19Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Paper and Online Applications must be received by the county clerk by 8 p.m. — for the May 19 primary. [Governor’s Proclamation dated April 1, 2020, Provision #6, pursuant to the Governor’s earlier emergency and extreme emergency declarations.]

June

DateDescription
2Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
2Absentee Ballot Results: Earliest time for results to be posted for May 19 Primary Election is 9:00 p.m. MST
3Voter Registration Reopens: Voters can once again become “unaffiliated” or change their political party affiliation. [§34-408 and §34-411A, Idaho Code]
9County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the May 19 primary. (The deadline to conduct the canvass for political subdivisions is June 12. However, we recommend conducting both canvasses together.) [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
9*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the May 19 election — to the secretary of state and the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1208, Idaho Code]
9*Nomination Certificates: Deadline for county clerk to issue certificates of nomination to county candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1208, Idaho Code]
9*Election Certificates: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to issue certificates of election. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass, the deadline for which is June 12. However, we recommend conducting both canvasses together.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
9County Central Committee Elections: Deadline for the county central committees to elect officers. [§34-502, Idaho Code]
15Legislative District Central Committee Elections: Deadline for legislative district central committees to elect officers. [§34-503, Idaho Code]
17State Board Canvass: Deadline for the state board of canvassers to meet and conduct the canvass — of the May 19 primary election. [§34-1211, Idaho Code]
17*State Board Election Certification: Deadline for state board of canvassers to certify results — of the May 19 primary — for all federal, state, and district candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done after the state board canvass.) [§34-1208, Idaho Code]
17*Election Certificates: County clerk to issue certificates of election to the precinct committeemen. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the state board canvass.) [§34-1208, Idaho Code]
17*Nomination Certificates: Deadline for secretary of state to issue certificates of nomination to federal, state, and district candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the state board canvass.) [§34-1214(1), Idaho Code]
17*Nomination/Election Certificates: Deadline for secretary of state to issue certificates of nomination/election to nonpartisan candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the state board canvass.) [§34-1214(2), Idaho Code]
19*County Write-In Candidates: Deadline for county candidates (who were write-in candidates for the primary) to file a declaration of candidacy for the (Nov. 3) General Election. (*This date may vary; deadline is 10 days after the county canvass.) [§34-702, Idaho Code]
27*Statewide Write-In Candidates: Deadline for federal, state, and legislative candidates (who were write-in candidates for the primary) to file a declaration of candidacy for the (Nov. 3) General Election. (*This date may vary; deadline is 10 days after the state board canvass.) [§34-702, Idaho Code]
29*County Recount Applications: Deadline — for county candidates or supporters/opponents of a county ballot measure — to apply to the attorney general for a recount of the May 19 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the county canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
29*County Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the (county or political subdivision) results — of the May 19 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
30*Initiative Signature Verification Deadline: Last day for county clerks to verify petition signatures. (*This date may vary; the deadline is 60 days from the submission deadline.[§34-1802(3), Idaho Code]

July

DateDescription
2*Political Subdivision Recount Applications: Deadline — for local candidates or supporters/opponents of a local ballot measure — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the May 19 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the county canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
6Initiative Signature Filing Deadline: Initiative petitions with sufficient verified signatures attached must be filed with the secretary of state. [§34-1802, Idaho Code]
6Ballot Question Submission Deadline: School districts must supply ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond or property tax levy questions — to be placed on the ballot — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-106, Idaho Code]
7*State Board Recount Applications: Deadline — for federal, state, legislative, or judicial candidates — to apply to the attorney general for a recount of the May 19 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the state board canvass. [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
7*State Board Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the (statewide) results — of the May 19 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the state board canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
10Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
13*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing and early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
16Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
22-29Publish Notification of Candidate Filing Deadline: County clerks with a countywide highway district must publish a notification of the candidate filing deadline — for the Nov. 3 General Election — during this period. The notice should appear in the official newspaper(s) of the political subdivision. [§34-625, §34-625A, and §34-1405, Idaho Code]
24Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
24County clerk to appoint election personnel for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-303, Idaho Code]
27Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks to begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the Aug. 25 election. [Secretary of State workshop instructions]
31Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the May 19 primary, and note challenges. [Sec. 34-432(1), Idaho Code]
31Preregistration Deadline: Voter registration deadline for the Aug. 25 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]

August

DateDescription
1Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
5Magistrate Candidate Filing Deadline: Magistrates who are up for retention — must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§1-2220, Idaho Code]
5Highway District Candidate Filing Deadline: Highway district commissioner candidates — must file a declaration of candidacy with the county clerk — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-625 and §34-625A, Idaho Code]
10Early Voting Begins: For those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
11Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
13Poll Watchers: Deadline for political parties, candidates, or a pro and con representative to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing challengers or watchers to observe at polling places — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
13Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the Aug. 25 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
14Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
18-25Publish Notification of Candidate Filing Deadline: County clerk must publish a notification of the candidate filing deadline for all taxing districts for which officers will be elected in the (Nov. 3) General Election — during this period. The notice should appear in the official newspaper of the political subdivision. [§34-1405, Idaho Code]
20Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the Aug. 25 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
20Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications from this date through 5 p.m. on August 24 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on August 14. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
21In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the Aug. 25 election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]
24Independent Presidential Candidates: Deadline for independent presidential and vice-presidential candidates to file a declaration of candidacy with required petition attached. [§34-708A, Idaho Code]
25Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
25Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
26Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
31Political Party Petition Filings: Deadline for a new political party to file a formation petition with the secretary of state. [§34-501, Idaho Code]

September

DateDescription
1Presidential Candidate Certification: Deadline for the state party chairman to certify candidates for president, vice-president, and presidential electors for the (Nov. 3) General Election. (Unless the secretary of state grants a five-day extension.) [§34-711, Idaho Code]
1Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Deadline: Petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. — with the clerk of the political subdivision — to nominate political subdivision candidates — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
4County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the Aug. 25 election. [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
4*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the Aug. 25 election — to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
4Ballot Question Submission Deadline: Political subdivisions must submit ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond, levy, initiative, referendum, or other question — to be placed on the ballot — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-106, Idaho Code]
4Sample Ballot: Secretary of state to provide county clerks with sample ballots for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-909, Idaho Code]
4Partisan Candidate Certification: Deadline for the secretary of state to certify candidates — for federal, state, and district office — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-909, Idaho Code]
7Statewide Ballot Question Certification: Deadline for the secretary of state to certify a proposed constitution, constitutional amendments, or other ballot questions to the county clerks for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-603, Idaho Code]
7Partisan Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day partisan candidates can withdraw from the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-717, Idaho Code]
8Nonpartisan Nominee Certification: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to certify nominees — to be placed on the ballot — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
11Partisan Write-In Candidates: Deadline for write-in candidates to file a declaration of intent with the secretary of state, county clerk, or clerk of the political subdivision, as the case may be — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-702A and §34-1407, Idaho Code]
14Last day for county clerk to print absentee ballots for the (Nov. 3) General Election. (Secretary of State Directive) [Secretary of State Directive 2015-1]
18Absentee Ballot Delivery Witnesses: Deadline for political parties to supply names of witnesses to the county clerk if the political party wants a witness to accompany the clerk in the personal delivery of an absentee ballot for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-1003(5), Idaho Code]
18Nonpartisan Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the Nov. 3 election. [§34-1405A, Idaho Code]
18Mail UOCAVA Absentee Ballots:County clerks must mail absentee ballots to UOCAVA voters for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-1003(8), Idaho Code]
21Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
21*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing and early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
24Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
24*Recount Applications: Deadline — for supporters or opponents of a ballot measure — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the Aug. 25 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
24*Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the results — of the Aug. 25 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the canvass.) [§34-2008, Idaho Code]

October

DateDescription
2Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
2County clerk to appoint election personnel for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-303, Idaho Code]
5Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must mail absentee ballots — to non-UOCAVA voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-1003(8), Idaho Code]
9Preregistration Deadline: Voter registration deadline for the Nov. 3 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
12Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks to begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
19Early Voting Begins: For those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
20Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
22Poll Watchers: Deadline for political parties, candidates, or a pro or con representative to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing challengers or watchers to observe at polling places — for the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
22Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the Nov. 3 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspapter published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
23Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the Aug. 25 election, and note challenges. [§34-432(1), Idaho Code]
23Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the Nov. 3 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
29Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the Nov. 3 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspapter published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
29Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications from this date through 5 p.m. on November 2 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on October 23. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
30In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the General Election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]

November

DateDescription
3Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
3Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
4Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
13County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the (Nov. 3) General Election. (This deadline also applies to the canvass for political subdivisions.) [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
13*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the Nov. 3 election — to the secretary of state and to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1207 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
13*Election Certificates: Deadline for county clerk and the clerk of the political subdivision to issue certificates of election to winning county and political subdivision candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1410 and §34-1209, Idaho Code]
18State Board Canvass: Deadline for the state board of canvassers to meet and conduct the canvass — of the (Nov. 3) General Election. [§34-1211, Idaho Code]
18*State Board Election Certification: Deadline for state board of canvassers to certify results — of the (Nov. 3) General Election — for all federal, state, and district candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the state canvass.) [§34-1213, Idaho Code]
18*Election Certificates: Deadline for secretary of state to issue certificates of election to federal, state, and district candidates. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the state board canvass.) [§34-1215, Idaho Code]

December

DateDescription
3*County Recount Applications: Deadline — for county or political subdivision candidates or supporters/opponents of a county/local ballot measure — to apply to the attorney general for a recount of the (Nov. 3) General Election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the county canvass. [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
3*County Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the (county or political subdivision) results — of the General Election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
8*State Board Recount Applications: Deadline — for federal, state, legislative, judicial candidates or supporters/opponents of a statewide ballot measure — to apply to the attorney general for a recount of the (Nov. 3) General Election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the state board canvass. [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
8*State Board Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the (statewide) results — of the General Election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the state board canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
14Presidential Electors: Federal date for presidential electors to meet and vote. [3 U.S.C. §7; §34-1503, Idaho Code]
312021 Election Calendar Publication Deadline: County clerks to publish the 2021 election calendar. [§34-1405(2), Idaho Code]

2021 Election Calendar

Last updated November 13, 2020.

January

DateDescription
4Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the Nov. 3 election, and note challenges. [Sec. 34-432(1), Idaho Code]
15Absentee Voter Report: Deadline for county clerks to submit report on general election absentee voters to the secretary of state, as required by federal law. [§34-1002, Idaho Code]
15Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing an early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
19Ballot Question Submission Deadline: School districts must supply ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond or property tax levy questions — to be placed on the ballot — for the March 9 election. [§34- 106(8), Idaho Code]
22Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the March 9 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
28Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the March 9 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
28Print Absentee Ballots: Last day for county clerk to print absentee ballots for the March 9 election. [Secretary of State Directive 2015-01]

February

DateDescription
8Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — March 9 election. [Secretary of State Directive 2015-1]
9Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the March 9 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
12Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the March 9 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
16Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the March 9 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
22Early Voting Must Begin: For the March 9 election in those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
23Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the March 9 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
25Poll Watchers: Deadline for pro and con representatives to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing watchers to observe at polling places — for the March 9 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
25Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the March 9 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
26Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the March 9 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]

March

DateDescription
3Voter Registration Cancellation: Last day for county clerk to cancel registration of those electors who have not voted in any election in the last four years. [§34-435, Idaho Code]
4Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the March 9 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
5In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the March 9 election. [§34-1002(7) and §34- 1012, Idaho Code]
5-12Publish Notification of Candidate Filing Deadline: County clerk must publish a notification of the candidate filing deadline — for the May 18 primary — during this period. The notice should appear in the official newspaper(s) of the political subdivision. [§34-1405, Idaho Code]
9Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
9Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
10Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
19Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Deadline: Petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. — with the clerk of the political subdivision — to nominate political subdivision candidates — for the May 18 primary. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
19County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the March 9 election. [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
19*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results of the March 9 election to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
26Nonpartisan Nominee Certification: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to certify nominees — to be placed on the ballot — for the May 18 primary. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
26Nonpartisan Write-In Candidates: Deadline for write-in candidates to file a declaration of intent with the clerk of the political subdivision for the May 18 primary. [§34-1407, Idaho Code]
29Ballot Question Submission Deadline: Political subdivisions must submit ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond, levy, initiative, referendum, or other question — to be placed on the ballot — for the May 18 primary [§34-106, Idaho Code]

April

DateDescription
2Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the May 18 election. [§34-1405A, Idaho Code]
2Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the May 18 primary. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
5*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing an early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
8*Recount Applications: Deadline — for supporters or opponents of a ballot measure — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the March 9 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
8*Local Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the results — of the (March 9) local election results. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass.) [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
8Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the May 18 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
16Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the May 18 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
19Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the May 18 primary. [Secretary of State Directive 2015-1]
23Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the May 18 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
26Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the May 18 primary. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
30*Initiative Signature Deadline: Last day to circulate initiative petitions for signatures. (*This date may vary; the deadline can’t extend past the 18-month circulation period. [§34-1802(1), Idaho Code]

May

DateDescription
1*Initiative Submission Deadline: Last day to submit signed petitions to the county clerk (by the close of business) for verification. (*This date may vary; the deadline can’t extend past the 18-month circulation period. [§34-1802(2), Idaho Code]
3Early Voting Must Begin: For the May 18 election in those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
4Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the May 18 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
6Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the May 18 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
6Poll Watchers: Deadline for candidates and pro and con representatives to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing watchers to observe at polling places — for the May 18 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
7Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the March 9 election, and note challenges. [§34-432(1), Idaho Code]
7Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the May 18 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
13Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the May 18 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
13Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications from this date through 5 p.m. on May 18 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on May 7. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
14In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the May 18 election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]
18Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
18Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
19Voter Registration Reopens. [§34-408, Idaho Code]
28County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the May 18 primary. [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
28*Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the May 18 election — to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code.]
28*Election Certificates: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to issue certificates of election. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass, the deadline for which is May 28.)

June

DateDescription
17*Recount Applications: Deadline — for candidates and supporters/opponents of a ballot measure, excluding county ballot measures — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the May 18 election. Applications for a recount of county ballot measures must be filed with the Attorney General. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the county canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
17*Local Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the political subdivision results — of the May 18 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]

July

DateDescription
12Ballot Question Submission Deadline: School districts must supply ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond or property tax levy questions — to be placed on the ballot — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34- 106, Idaho Code]
16Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the May 18 primary, and note challenges. [Sec. 34-432(1), Idaho Code]
16Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
19*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing an early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
22Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-1413, Idaho Code]
30Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]

August

DateDescription
2Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks to begin mailing absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the Aug. 31 election. [Secretary of State Directive 2015-1]
6Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the Aug. 31 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
9Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
16Early Voting Must Begin: For the August 31 election in those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
17Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
19Poll Watchers: Deadline for pro and con representatives to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing watchers to observe at polling places — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
19Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the Aug. 31 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
20Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
20-27Publish Notification of Candidate Filing Deadline: County clerk (and city clerk, for municipal offices) must publish a notification of the candidate filing deadline for all taxing districts for which officers will be elected in the (Nov. 2) General Election — during this period. The notice should appear in the official newspaper of the political subdivision. [§34-1405 and §50-411, Idaho Code]
26Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election — along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the Aug. 31 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
26Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications from this time through 5 p.m. on August 30 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on August 20. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
27In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the Aug. 31 election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]
31Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
31Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]

September

DateDescription
1Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
3Nonpartisan Candidate Filing Deadline: Petitions must be filed by 5 p.m. — with the clerk of the political subdivision — to nominate political subdivision candidates — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
10County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the Aug. 31 election. [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
10*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results — of the Aug. 31 election — to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
10Nonpartisan Nominee Certification: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to certify nominees — to be placed on the ballot — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1404, Idaho Code]
10Nonpartisan Write-In Candidates: Deadline for write-in candidates to file a declaration of intent with clerk of the political subdivision for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1407, Idaho Code]
13Ballot Question Submission Deadline: Political subdivisions must submit ballot language (to the county clerk) for any bond, levy, initiative, referendum, or other question — to be placed on the ballot — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-106, Idaho Code]
17Nonpartisan Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1405A, Idaho Code]
17Recall Notification Deadline: Political subdivisions must notify the county clerk if a recall election is ordered — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-106(9), Idaho Code]
17Candidate Withdrawal Deadline: Last day nonpartisan candidates can withdraw from the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1405A, Idaho Code]
20*Early Voting Security Plan: Deadline for county clerks to submit their ballot security plan to the secretary of state. (*NOTE: The Early Voting Security Plan must be submitted at least 30 days prior to implementing and early voting plan.) [§34-1013, Idaho Code]
23Voting Procedure Modifications: Deadline for county clerks to submit their plans to the secretary of state; if they want to modify voting procedures (for a political subdivision) — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34- 1413, Idaho Code]
30*Recount Applications: Deadline — for supporters or opponents of a ballot measure — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the Aug. 31 election. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
30*Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the results — of the Aug. 31 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the canvass.) [§34-2008, Idaho Code]

October

DateDescription
1Designate Polling Places: Deadline for county commissioners to designate polling places — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-302, Idaho Code]
4Mail Absentee Ballots: County clerks must mail absentee ballots — to voters who have requested absentee ballots — for the (Nov. 2) General Election. [Secretary of State Directive 2015-1]
8Preregistration Deadline: Voter registrations must be received by the county clerk — for the Nov. 2 election. (Deadline is postmarked by this date for mailed paper applications, 5 p.m. for paper applications handed in to the county clerk’s office, or until midnight for online applications.) [§34-408 and §34-410, Idaho Code]
11Mail Ballot Precincts: County clerks may begin mailing ballots to voters located in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
18Early Voting Must Begin: For the Nov. 2 election in those counties that choose to conduct early voting. [§34-1012, Idaho Code]
19Mail Ballot Precincts: Deadline for county clerks to complete mailing ballots to voters in designated mail ballot precincts — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-308, Idaho Code]
21Poll Watchers: Deadline for candidates or pro and con representatives to submit a written request (to the county clerk) for the purpose of authorizing watchers to observe at polling places — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-304, Idaho Code]
21Publish First Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the first notice of election — in the county’s official newspaper(s) — for the Nov. 2 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
22Absentee Ballot Application Deadline: Applications must be received by the county clerk by 5 p.m. — for the Nov. 2 election. [§34-1002(7), Idaho Code]
28Publish Second Election Notification: Deadline for county clerk to publish the second notice of election along with a facsimile sample ballot — for the Nov. 2 election. (If possible, the notice should appear in at least two newspapers published in the county. If not possible, it should be published in one newspaper published or circulated in the county.) [§34-602 and §34-1406, Idaho Code]
28Emergency Absentee Ballots: County clerks may receive emergency absentee ballot applications through 5 p.m. on November 1 from those who cannot be present for voting due to hospitalization if hospitalization began after 5 p.m. on October 22. [§34-1002A, Idaho Code]
29Election Register Examination: Deadline for county clerks to examine the election register, from the Aug. 31 election, and note challenges. [§34-432(1), Idaho Code]
29In-Person Absentee/Early Voting Ends: At 5 p.m. — for the General Election. [§34-1002(7) and §34-1012, Idaho Code]

November

DateDescription
2Absentee Ballot Return Deadline: Voted absentee ballots must be received — by the county clerk — by 8 p.m. [§34-1005, Idaho Code]
2Election Day: Polling places — and the county clerk’s office — to be open 8 a.m.–8 p.m. (*County clerk may opt to open at 7 a.m.) Qualified individuals may register and vote at their designated polling place on election day. [§34-211, §34-408A, and §34-1101, Idaho Code]
3Voter Registration Reopens [§34-408, Idaho Code]
12County Canvass: Deadline for the board of county commissioners to meet and conduct the canvass — of the Nov. 2 election. (This deadline also applies to the canvass for political subdivisions.) [§34-1205 and §34-1410, Idaho Code]
12*County Election Certification: Deadline for county clerks to certify the results of the Nov. 2 election to the clerk of the political subdivision(s). (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]
12*Election Certificates: Deadline for the clerk of the political subdivision to issue certificates of election. (*This date may vary; to be done immediately after the county canvass.) [§34-1410, Idaho Code]

December

DateDescription
2*Recount Applications: Deadline — for candidates and supporters/opponents of a ballot measure, excluding city candidates and city or county ballot measures — to apply to the county clerk for a recount of the May 18 election. Applications for a recount of city elections or county ballot measures must be filed with the Attorney General. (*This date may vary; it must be done within 20 days of the county canvass). [§34-2301, Idaho Code]
2*Local Election Disputes: Deadline for electors to contest the political subdivision results — of the Nov. 2 election. (*This date may vary; complaints must be filed in the proper court within 20 days of the county canvass. [§34-2008, Idaho Code]
2City Runoff Elections: If authorized by city ordinance, last day for a runoff city election between the two candidates receiving the highest number of votes cast if no candidate received a majority of the votes cast. [§50-612 and §50-707B, Idaho Code]
312022 Election Calendar Publication Deadline: County clerks to publish the 2022 election calendar. [§34- 1405(2), Idaho Code]