Constitution Day & Voting

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Dedicated to fostering informed and engaged citizens among the members our college community, College of Western Idaho (CWI) has gathered the following information and resources about the Constitution of the United States and exercising your right to vote. 

    Constitution Day

    Constitution Day, held each year on Sept. 17, commemorates the day the final draft of the United States Constitution was signed in 1787. Learn more about the Constitution and what it means to you.

    Voting in Idaho

    Exercising your right to vote is an important right and responsibility. Learn more about the voting process including important dates, how to register, updating your voter registration, and how to vote by mail or in-person. 

    Elections & Voting in Idaho

    • Voter Registration

      United States citizens over the age of 18 may register to vote.

      Register to Vote Online

      You may register to vote online with a driver's license or identification card issued by the Idaho Department of Motor Vehicles and the last four digits of your Social Security Number. 

      Online Voter Application

      Register to Vote by Mail

      To register to vote by mail, you may print and complete an Idaho Voter Registration Form. Completed forms may be mailed or delivered to your County Election Office at the address listed on the form. Forms may not be submitted via fax or email and must be postmarked or received 25 days prior to an election.

      Register to Vote In Person

      You may register to vote at your designated polling location on the day of an election. 

      Voter Registration Status

      Confirm you are registered to vote, update your information, find your designated polling location, and view the status of your absentee ballot by checking your voter record

      If you request to vote by mail, or live in a county which only votes by mail, you can also confirm that your ballot has been received by your county clerk using this site.

    • Voting by Mail

      Idaho law permits any registered voter to request an absentee ballot.

      • Requests for an absentee ballot must be received by 5 p.m. 11 days prior to the election. 
        • If you choose to vote by mail, be sure to request your ballot as soon as possible to allow time to receive, complete, and return your ballot. 
        • Absentee ballots received after the deadline will not be counted, regardless of the postmark date. 
        • If you are concerned about your ballot being received on time, you may choose to deliver your ballot in-person to your County Clerk
        • Check your voter record or contact your County Clerk to verify your ballot has been received.
      • If you vote by mail or vote early, you will not need to go to your designated polling location on Election Day. 
        • Poll workers do not have the ability to confirm your ballot was received.
      • In the State of Idaho it is a felony to vote more than once in any election and a misdemeanor to even attempt to vote more than once in any election.

      Requesting an Absentee Ballot Online

      • A valid Idaho Driver's License or State Identification Card, and the last four digits of your Social Security Number are required to complete an online absentee ballot request.
      • If you just registered to vote, it may take several days for your voter registration to be processed before you will be able to request an absentee ballot.

      Request an Absentee Ballot Online

      Requesting an Absentee Ballot by mail

      To register to vote by mail, you may complete an Absentee Ballot Application. Completed forms must be received by your County Clerk's office at the address listed on the form before 5 p.m. 11 days prior to an election. 

    • Early Voting

      The State of Idaho permits counties to allow voters to cast their ballots early at their County Clerk's office.

    • Election Day

      Finding Your Polling Location

      On Election Day, you must vote at your designated polling location.

      • Check your voter record to find the address of your designated polling location. 
      • You may choose to have directions to your polling location emailed or text to you. 

      Voter Identification

      A valid form of identification is required to vote. Valid forms of identification include: 

      • CWI Student ID Card (obtained at any One Stop Student Services location)
      • Current Idaho Driver's License or State Identification Card
      • U.S. Passport
      • Federal or Military Photo ID
      • Tribal Photo ID

      If you do not have any of those items with you, you may request to complete a Personal Identification Affidavit at the polling place when you check in and you will be allowed to vote.


      Each county and polling place may look and operate a little differently.

      Paper Ballots

      • If you are given a paper ballot and pen, make sure you completely fill in the square, circle, or oval for your chosen candidate.
      • Checkmarks, X’s, or white space may result in your vote not being counted by the machine reading the ballot.

      Electronic Voting

      • For polling locations using electronic voting machines, take your paper ballot and follow the instructions on the screen to select your candidates and have the machine mark your paper ballot.
      • A poll worker will be happy to explain how to fill out your ballot or use a voting machine and will not ask about, or check to see, who you are voting for.
      • Be sure to check your ballot carefully before submitting it. If you make a mistake or change your mind, a poll worker will happily provide you with a new ballot.

      Voting Assistance

      • You are permitted to have someone come with you and help you to vote. This can be helpful if you are concerned about reading or seeing the ballot, if you want someone to make sure you are voting correctly, or if you just want someone there while you vote. This can be any person, or a poll worker can assist you.
      • If you have children, they are welcome to come with you. It is a great way to teach older children about the importance of voting!

      Election Day Registration

      Idaho Law permits any eligible voter to register to vote at any polling place on the day of any election. The process will take a few minutes, but is simple to do, and your ballot will be counted in the same way as voters who registered before Election Day. You will be required to fill out a Voter Registration Card (similar to the mail-in voter registration card) and provide proof of residency in the Polling Precinct where you are voting.

      Proof of Residency may be verified with an Idaho Driver’s License or ID card showing your current address, your CWI student ID card, an expired or out-of-state driver’s license or ID card, or any other card with your name and clear picture on it AND an official piece of mail (utility bill, credit card statement, auto insurance, bank statement, etc.) or document, such as a rental agreement.


      Designated Idaho polling locations are accessible for all citizens with clear and accessible entrances, accessible polling booths, and voting machines that can read the ballot options aloud and mark your ballot for you using a touch screen or braille keyboard. A poll worker can help you to use this equipment and you can have someone come with you to help you vote, if that is more comfortable. Curbside voting and at-home voting are also available in special circumstances, but need to be coordinated with your county clerk’s office in advance. Information about accessible voting, including instructions on using accessible voting machines is available.