Image of Idaho, showing Adams County and the Adams County LogoWelcome to Adams County, Idaho

Adams County in the state of Idaho was established March 3, 1911 and named for America’s second president, John Adams. It is comprised of 1,376 square miles of mountains, forests, rivers, and high desert and is bordered on the west by Hells Canyon, North America’s deepest river gorge. Our county is home to approximately 4,000 residents and includes the communities of Bear, Council, Cuprum, Goodrich, Fruitvale, Indian Valley, Mesa, New Meadows and Pinehurst. Council, Idaho is the county seat and is known for being the meeting place of the Nez Perce and Shoshoni Indians.

Adams County is a great recreational area. Here you can camp, fish, hunt, hike, swim, horseback ride, and pick huckleberries. In the winter, there are plenty of activities such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, snow shoeing and downhill skiing. We welcome you to Adams County!

What's New

May 19, 2020, Primary Election – Absentee Ballot Request Form:

NEW:  Per the Secretary of State’s decision from May 22, 2020, the deadline to receive your Absentee Ballot Request Form has been extended to May 26th, 2020.
Your request MUST be received by the Clerk’s Office by 8 p.m. on May 26th, 2020 for a ballot to be issued and mailed to you.  Please call 208-253-4561 option 5, should
you have any questions or need assistance.

The envelope with the voted ballots must be received by the Adams County Clerk’s Office by 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.  You can mail them or drop
them off in the secure silver box by the front door of the courthouse. Please remember to sign your envelope on the back.

Emergency Reduction Order – April 22, 2020



Vote Early Idaho !  Vote Absentee !  You Must Request Your Ballot ! Continue to Read !

Note: For those of you, who are not registered to vote, please read this page !  Also, if you do not have a computer or need assistance, scroll to the bottom of this page for information on registering and/or requesting your absentee ballot !


Given the extenuating circumstances around the coronavirus pandemic and Governor Brad Little’s state of emergency declaration, Governor Little has the authority under Section 46-1008(5)a of Idaho to “suspend the provisions of any regulations prescribing the procedures for conduct of public business that would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the emergency.” As such, after consulting with the Secretary of State and Attorney General, Governor Little issued a proclamation authorizing the Secretary of State to conduct the election by mail using absentee ballots.

No polling stations will be open, you MUST request your ballot.

Here are the three steps you need to take to vote in the May Primary Election:

  1. Request Your Ballot.

You must request your ballot by May 19, 2020 in order to vote. You can request your ballot online through the Secretary of State’s Office at Additionally, you can request a ballot on the county website:  2020 May Absentee Ballot Request Form.  You can also contact the Adams County Elections for help at (208) 253-4561, option 5. Registered voters who do not request their ballot by late April, will be mailed an absentee ballot application.  

Please note, you will need to be registered to vote to participate in the upcoming election. You can register online at

  1. Wait for Your Ballot.

Once you’ve requested your ballot, give Adams County Elections some time to process your request and drop your ballot in the mail. It may take up to 10 days for you to receive your ballot once you’ve submitted your request.

You can track your ballot, and confirm your ballot request has been received, at

  1. Vote and Return Your Ballot.

As soon as you receive your ballot, vote and use the pre-addressed, stamped envelope to mail it back to Adams County Elections.

All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on June 2, 2020 to be counted. Voters are encouraged to send their ballots back to us as soon as possible.

If you would rather drop your voted ballot off, Adams County Elections will have a locked drop box (Silver colored) available at the courthouse.

You can help protect the health of all Idahoans and slow the spread of COVID-19 by voting from home. If you have any questions about the May Primary Election or need assistance, contact Adams County Elections for help at 208.253.4561, option 5.

If you do not have access to a computer:  The Clerk’s Office has set up a kiosk at the Courthouse front door with voter registration cards and Absentee Ballot Request forms.  Please complete the one you wish and drop it into the dropbox. For questions, please call Adams County Elections at 208-253-4561 option 5.

Frequently Asked Questions, check here.



COVID-19 INFORMATION – Restriction to Courthouse Visitors

PLEASE NOTE: In light of COVID-19 and to mitigate exposure, Adams County will not be processing Marriage Licenses and Passports until further notice.






Adams County now offers viewing of recorded documents. To view those documents, please click this link.



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Adams County is using a comprehensive emergency alert and notification system powered by AlertSense.
The system allows us to send residents emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that may personally affect you and the locations you care about. This service is provided free to our residents and is easy to sign up. Anyone in Adams County can register to receive these messages by signing up at this link;…

We urge all individuals and businesses to register to ensure that we can alert you in the event of an emergency. Sign up today and share the types of emergency alerts, severe weather warnings and community notifications that you would like to receive, as well as your contact information and preferences (eg: text message to your cell phone, email, call to your land line phone number). Registration is especially important for those who use a cellular phone or VoIP phone as their primary number, have an unlisted phone number, or who have changed their phone number or address within the past year.
In order to receive personally relevant alerts and notifications, enter your home or work address so that we can send geographically targeted messages. Any information you share will remain private and will only be used to deliver the emergency alerts and community notifications to which you subscribe.
AlertSense enables us to issue emergency alerts to warn citizens of events such as severe weather, fire, flooding, hazardous materials, need for immediate evacuation, civil danger, local area emergencies, and missing persons.
Emergency alerts sent from Adams County will come through with the following Caller ID displayed: 877-957-9563. If you would like to hear the last alert you received repeated, simply dial the Caller ID number back.





Adams County Sheriff’s Office is applying for a grant through the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation to make a purchase of a much-needed three quarter ton pickup for towing of equipment. Without the proper vehicle, utilizing Search and Rescue and Marine Deputies equipment such as jet skis, snowmobiles and boats become difficult. This in turn makes rescues on any Adams County waterways or remote area inaccessible and poses a safety risk for the public. Thank you, Idaho Department of Park and Rec, for the opportunity to apply for this grant to assist in making Adams County recreational areas a safe place to work and play. For additional information or comments and letters please contact Crissy at the Adams County Sheriffs Office. She can be reached at 208-253-4163 or

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