Idaho Primary Voting 101: What to know before going to the polls

Posted at 5:10 PM, May 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-14 19:23:45-04

Are you ready to vote in Idaho's primary election Tuesday? Here are the questions to ask before heading to the polls:

Where do I vote? 

Check with your local county elections office for your polling location. If you're an Ada County resident, polling location information and sample ballots are available on the elections website.

Polls open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 8:00 p.m. 

What do I need to bring?

If you're already registered to vote, photo ID is all you'll need to bring.

If you're not registered to vote, you'll need photo ID and proof or residence, such as a piece of mail or utility bill.

If you don't have photo ID, you'll be asked to sign an affidavit before voting. 

Who can I vote for?

In Idaho, the Republican Primary is closed and the Democratic Primary is open. In order to vote in the Republican Primary, you need to be registered as a Republican. Anyone can vote in the Democratic Primary. 

If you're already registered and affiliated with a party, you can't change affiliations on election day. That deadline has already passed. If you're registering at the polls, you can select any party affiliation. 

If you select a non-partisan ballot at the polls, you'll only be voting for judges in the primary election. 

"Remember, this is where we select the nominees for the general election, so you won't have to pick a party in the general election; it's only in the primary that you have to do so," Phil McGrane, Ada County Elections Chief Deputy Clerk, said. 

When will I know who won?

County elections offices will be able to release results after polls have closed. For state-wide races, that means they'll have to wait until 9:00 p.m. to release results -- after polls have closed in North Idaho. 

Stay with Six On Your Side on air and online for complete election results Tuesday, May 15.