Letter to the Editor

Beware of false voting information

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

(Boise, Idaho) – Ahead of the 2024 elections, Idaho Secretary of State Phil McGrane reminds Idahoans to look to the Idaho Secretary of State, County Clerks, and local election officials as the trusted sources of election information. Idaho voters should be looking for indications that information comes from an official source and can be relied on to supply accurate and up-to-date information, such as a .gov website.

“As elections get closer, we all receive numerous mailings, texts, and automated calls. Unfortunately, a portion of these can be misleading. For important details, like election times, polling place locations, registration information and other official election information, I encourage all Idaho voters to turn to your local election officials.” Said Phil McGrane, Idaho Secretary of State. “Our newly launched VoteIdaho.gov website is a great resource to verify all of your voting information and to see who your local officials are as we head into the 2024 elections.”

In Idaho, mailers, websites, and other materials that look similar in name or appearance to official government sources, but are actually sponsored by private causes and organizations, are already circulating as we head into the May 21st Idaho Primary Election. This has caused concern and confusion among some voters.

How to Identify Trusted Sources of Information

To help voters identify whether the information comes from an official and trusted source, there are several indicators to look for:

Official.gov website: A .gov website belongs to an official government organization.

Official logos: Information from the Idaho Secretary of State will feature the Idaho seal and the Vote Idaho logo. For local county offices, look for the county logo or seal.

Official Election Mail Graphic: Mail from official sources often features the “Official Election Mail, Authorized by the U.S. Postal Service” graphic.

Official Channels: Information shared from official sources, such as the Idaho Secretary of State VoteIdaho.gov website, social media accounts, or local county or election offices.

Unbiased, Non-Partisan Information: Information from trusted government sources will never promote or disparage a party, candidate, or ballot measure.

The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office is participating in the #TrustedInfo2024 initiative, along with other states and the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), to educate voters about trusted information. The Idaho Secretary of State’s Office has valuable information, resources, and accessible tools for anyone interested in learning more about elections at voteidaho.gov, on X, Facebook, and Instagram. If you have questions or see incorrect election information, please get in touch with your local county elections office or the Idaho Secretary of State at elections@sos.idaho.gov.