Need to register to vote? Head to the Idaho Statehouse for National Voter Registration Day.
The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office is partnering with election officials in Ada and Canyon counties to offer voter registration in front of the Idaho Capitol Building on Tuesday to celebrate National Voter Registration Day, according to a press release.
The voter registration drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the front steps of the Capitol, 700 W. Jefferson St. in Boise. Idaho residents can also register online, check their voter registration status or update their registration at www.VoteIdaho.gov. Idahoans can also register to vote during business hours at their local county elections office.
Due to changes to Idaho’s voter registration laws that passed during the 2023 legislative session, new voters who are registering will need to provide proof of residency documents to complete the registration process, such as a photo ID with a current address, utility bill or current proof of insurance.
As part of that new law that took effect July 1, the Idaho Transportation Department is offering free state identification cards for Idaho adults who do not have a driver’s license to use for voting.
As a nonpartisan unofficial national holiday, National Voter Registration Day is observed annually in September. Gov. Brad Little signed an official proclamation recognizing the day and encouraging Idahoans to register.
“We want Idahoans to be vote ready on Election Day,” said Secretary of State Phil McGrane in the press release. “With local elections right around the corner, we want to make sure that you have the resources that you need to vote on the issues and candidates directly impacting the communities in which you live. I want to thank Gov. Little for signing a proclamation celebrating this day as we look to surpass 1 million registered voters here in the Gem State in the upcoming weeks and months.”
For information about events and the history behind National Voter Registration Day, go to nationalvoterregistrationday.org.