Voting in
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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Iowa, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Iowa Election Website or call (515) 281-8849 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

11/3/2020
General Election Date
10/24/2020
Online Registration Deadline
10/24/2020
Mail Registration Deadline (received by)

Voting Information for Iowa

Don’t miss your next election!

Iowa has multiple options for voter registration for the Nov. 3rd general election. By-mail voter registration forms must be received by Oct. 24th. Voters with in-state IDs may use the online system to register through Oct 24th. If you miss the deadline, you may register to vote in-person on Election Day.

If you would prefer to vote by mail, your application must be received by Oct. 23rd at 5pm. To prepare for the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters in the fall. If you are a new voter in the state or did not receive an application in the mail, you need to request an application directly.

Vote-by-mail systems are different in every state. It is critical that you follow directions and pay attention to the details, or your ballot could be challenged or even tossed.

The signature on your ballot must match your DMV signature, or signature that is on file with your voter registration if you do not have a state-issued ID. If your signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed.

Here are some important things to know about voting by mail in Iowa:

When you return your ballot, postage is prepaid. You do not need to add stamps.

Your state has a "postmark" deadline of Monday, November 2nd. To make the mandated postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time for the postmark deadline.

Your state gives you the opportunity to "cure" any challenge to your ballot. This means if there is something wrong with the signature on your ballot, the state is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. Your clerk will provide step-by-step instructions for curing your ballot. Be sure to check your mail and messages (phone and email) for incoming communication from your election's office to have the opportunity to cure. You will be contacted if there is a challenge to your ballot before Election Day. You must "cure" the challenge before Election Day. Get your ballot in early so that you have a chance to address any challenges.

Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Click here to access.

Presidential Primaries

Only voters who are registered with a particular party may vote in its caucus, but voters may change party affiliation on the day of the caucus. See Iowa Republican Party or Democratic Party sites for more details, including caucus sites.

 

Statewide Primaries

Some congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be included on the ballot.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd

You can vote in-person at your county auditor’s office before the election, using an absentee ballot, from Oct. 5th to Nov. 2nd. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 23rd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov 2nd.

To prepare for the election during the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa will mail absentee ballot applications to all active voters in the fall. If you are a new voter in the state or did not receive an application in the mail, you need to request an application directly.

Absentee ballot requests open 120 days before each election. Applicants must apply for each election, no excuse required.

Request Absentee Ballot

Voter ID + Access for Iowa

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • State or federal photo ID is required
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

  • You can register to vote during Early Voting.
  • You can register to vote on Election Day.

  • Pre-registration

    • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
    • The pre-registration age is 17 and 6 months
    Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.
    17 year olds may be able to participate in the presidential selection process. See your state party websites for details