Bannock County Elections
Next Election - May 21 Primary
For the Primary Election, voters will be able to vote for candidates to represent their party in the General Election for state and local offices. Presidential candidates will be decided via caucuses, not the Primary Election.
Voters’ party affiliation will determine which ballot they can vote with for the Primary Election. Click here to see what ballot you can vote with based on your voter affiliation.
For registrations and absentee requests:
Bannock County Elections Office
PO Box 4489
Pocatello, Idaho 83205
NEW VOTER REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Beginning July 1, 2023 all new voter registrations will need to provide one of the approved proof of residence documents in order to complete the registration process. Driver’s license must match residence address.
Running for Office in Bannock County
How to run for office
To become an official candidate on the ballot, you must
- be a registered voter in your district, and;
- meet the qualifications of the office, and;
- formally declare your candidacy
To declare your candidacy, download the appropriate filing form and return the completed original form to the Bannock County Elections Office, 141 N 6th Avenue in Pocatello. Our office has notary services available for filings.
For more information, visit the Secretary of State’s frequently asked questions page for candidates.
Work with Elections
We Depend on our Poll Workers
Poll workers play a key role in Election Day tasks and make it possible for us to make the voting process a positive experience for our community. Poll workers may issue ballots, verify names and addresses, register voters, distribute “I Voted” stickers, and assist voters.
If you would like to become a poll worker in Bannock County, you must meet the following requirements:
- Be a citizen of the United States
- Be at least 16 years old
- Attend mandatory training
- Ability to read and write in English
- Be able to lift 20 lbs.
- Ability to follow detailed instructions
- Remain politically neutral while serving at the polls
What to know before working at the polls:
- Election Day is a 14-hour+ day, depending on the election. All poll workers must arrive at their assigned voting precinct by 7 a.m. and remain at the polling place until the polls close and the location is cleaned up, which is typically around 9 p.m.
- Poll workers are responsible for bringing their own meals. Make sure you bring enough food to last you the entire day.
- Elections are very important, and even a small error can have significant consequences in the election process. We ask all poll workers to pay special attention to detail in their work.
- Poll workers must remain politically neutral while working at the polling place.
- Poll workers must provide their own transportation to and from their assigned polling place.
- Poll workers are expected to help prepare the voting area by setting up tables and chairs.
- Polling places can be busy during peak times. At times, there may even be lines to vote. This can sometimes cause stressful situations for our poll workers who have to deal with impatient voters.
- Finally, we encourage each of our poll workers to request an absentee ballot to vote or vote early.
Bannock County partners with Election Systems and Software (ES&S) for our digital tabulators (ballot-counting machines) and our ADA-compliant voting machines. ES&S is one of only two voting systems certified by the Idaho Secretary of State’s Office.
If you spot inaccurate information (often called misinformation) about your election jurisdiction on social media, you can submit it to the Idaho Secretary of State for review. Click here to report election misinformation.