> Complete a Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot > Idaho
If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received it, you can still vote by using the back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB).
In order to be eligible to use this back-up ballot, you must:
Idaho allows you to use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) for voting in primary, special, run-off, and general elections for Federal, State, and local offices and non-candidate ballot issues.
Open Back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot
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Only the following blocks of the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation are required:
Block 1: Idaho does not allow you to use this form for
registration. Do not check the registration block.
Block 2: Select the category that describes you.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Date of Birth
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 6: To vote in primary elections, you must enter your
political party affiliation. If you want to vote for partisan
contests in primary elections, you must affiliate with the
Constitution, Democratic, Republican, or Libertarian party.
If you are not affiliated with a political party, you are only
entitled to receive an non-partisan ballot unless a party
elects to open its primary to unaffliated voters. Political party affiliation is not required if only requesting absentee
ballots for general elections.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Idaho voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your address
includes a rural route, describe its location in Block 9. This
address must be within the county where you claim legal
Block 8: Enter your current mailing address.
Block 9: Provide any information that may assist the local
election official in accepting this ballot or application.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
Once the ballot is complete, fold and place it in the security envelope and seal. Place only the voted ballot in the security envelope and do not write on the security envelope. Insert the sealed security envelope and the Voter's Declaration/Affirmation into the mailing envelope and seal.
Open Security Envelope Template
Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage-paid envelope may be used in the U.S. postal system which includes: all U.S. Military Post Offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. Embassies/Consulates
You must mail your back-up Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot to your local election official. Find your county or city in the address list below to locate your election official.
Open Election Official Address List
Don't know your county? Go to the county finder. Don't know your zip code? Go to the United States Postal Service website.
Idaho allows you to return the voted ballot by fax if a special declaration is made by the Secretary of State. If you choose to fax, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official (fax numbers can be found on Idaho's State Election website). You may also use our toll-free fax service:
Inside the U.S.? Fax to: 1-800-368-8683 (703)-693-5527 DSN 223-5527
Outside the U.S.? Show me a list of toll-free fax numbers
Idaho allows you to return the voted ballot by email if a special declaration is made by the Secretary of State. If you choose to email, it is recommended that you email the form directly to your local election official (email addresses can be found on Idaho's State Election website).
Open Fax/Email Coversheet
More Information on Idaho's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Idaho State Election website
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Last updated: 09.17.2013