The Gem State

Esto perpetua (Let it be perpetual)


The number of voters who cast absentee ballots in Idaho in 2020 broke records; the number was estimated to have been greater than 878,000. 87,330 voters registered on election day. Overall 878,527 ballots were cast in the 2020 election, putting statewide turnout at a little over 81%. The state swung overwhelmingly for incumbent Donald J. Trump, who won its 4 electoral votes with 63.8% of the popular vote. Idaho has consistently voted for Republican presidential candidates since 1976.

Idaho has a bicameral legislature with 35 senators and 70 representatives. Republicans have held the majority in both chambers since 1992. Governor Brad Little (R) is eligible for re-election in 2022.

Election Integrity

In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.

Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesHB0290 (passed) establishes stronger signature verification requirements.
Witness StatementNot required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Cure ProcessNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Legislative Ratings

The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.

Idaho averages a 62% rating, reflecting its right leaning position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.