Identifying trusted sources of election information

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,” McGrane said. “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. Our newly launched 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 21 Idaho Primary Election. This has caused concern and confusion among some voters.

Confusing election materials
This official-looking piece of mail landed in mail boxes of voters not afiliated as Republicans across the state recently, leading many recipients to believe it was an oficial government mailing. The giveaways it isn’t? The lack of official graphics and the unofficial URL,, even though they had to use the official one,, with which to check your status.

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

Official website indicators.

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.

Idaho Seal

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

Official election mail

Official Channels: Information shared from official sources, such as the Idaho Secretary of State 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, 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