Election Misinformation Reporting

Election Misinformation Reporting

Have You Seen Inaccurate Information About Idaho's Elections?

If you spot inaccurate information (often called misinformation) about your election jurisdiction on social media, you can submit it to the Idaho Secretary of State for review. We’ll investigate and work with social media platforms and other partners to get it addressed.

What Should You Report?

Report anything on social media that’s about your local precinct (look up your precinct online here), pertains to the security of an Idaho election contest/race, and is inaccurate or misleading. Examples include, but aren’t limited to:

  • dates of the election
  • mail ballot rules
  • ballot information
  • polling place hours and status
  • election night reporting procedures
  • post-election procedures, and;
  • voting technology.

How To Report

Use the form on this page, or send an email to [email protected]. Copy others in your state or locality who should also see the information, such as the office of your county clerk. Include the following information:
  • A screenshot of the social media post and, if possible, the link.
  • Your name, role, jurisdiction, and work email address.
  • A description of why this information is false–not just “this is wrong” but information about why you think it’s wrong. This doesn’t have to be more than a couple sentences, but more detail is better. Citing a law is even better.

Open Records Policy

According to Idaho Statute 74-102, every person has a right to examine and take a copy of any public record of this state. There is a presumption that all public records (including those reported as misinformation) in Idaho are open at all reasonable times for inspection, except as otherwise expressly provided by Statute or judicial decision.

Affidavit

Understand that interacting with this office by submitting an email or submitting a form on this web page, that you may be creating a public record unless exempted by law or judicial decision.

Misinformation Reporting Form

Name(Required)
List the location the misinformation refers to. For example: statewide, your county, your polling location, etc.
Describe why you feel the item qualifies as misinformation.
Cite any laws that support your claim.
On what platform did you see the item (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Tik Tok, etc.)
Please provide a link to the item in question, if possible.
Date Seen(Required)
What date did you first notice the item in question.
Provide a screenshot of the item in question, if possible.
Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, Max. file size: 5 MB.
This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

System Upgrade In Progress

Campaign Finance, Lobbyist Reporting, and Online Voter Tools are expected to be offline from April 9th at 5:00 p.m. MDT, through April 12th at 8:00 a.m. MDT to complete a system upgrade.

Per Idaho Code 67-6607, campaign finance is reported monthly during a campaign’s election year. The deadline for the March report falls on Saturday, April 10th. Due to the interruption caused by this upgrade, political treasurers will be allowed to file the March report until 11:59 p.m. MDT on Monday, April 12th.

While we do our best to ensure compliance with all deadlines in statute, the timing of this release is critical to ensure minimal (or no) impact to the May election cycle. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.