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Notice: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it’s submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Iowa.
Voting by mail is a two step process in Iowa.
Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received by mail or in person is 15 days before Election Day.
Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.
Remember to sign your return ballot.
After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the affidavit on the back of the envelope.
Double check to make sure you signed the affidavit on the envelope! If you forget to sign your envelope your ballot may be tossed and not count.
If you return your ballot by mail, your postage is prepaid. You can also return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense).
You can also drop off your ballot in person at your local elections office, or drop box.
A member of your immediate family, someone in your household, or your caretaker may return your absentee ballot.
If you would like to vote in person, return your unused ballot to your polling site and request an in person ballot on Election Day. If you do not bring your ballot, you may be asked to use a provisional ballot. This is better than not voting, but may not be counted.
Iowa does offer voters a chance to address challenges to their ballot.
Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. Your local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot.
You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don’t miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.
Your commissioner will notify you within 24 hours that your ballot needs to be cured. You may cure your ballot until the day before Election Day, or vote at your precinct polling place on Election Day.
Registered voters in Iowa must show ID at the polls. Valid forms of identification include;
You can also prove your identity through an out-of-state license, employee card or student ID card. Similarly, you can prove your residence through lease, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or government check. Finally, another voter may attest to your identity as an Iowa voter.
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Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open
The Iowa state primary election includes the following races:
– U.S. representatives
– State legislators
– Judicial races
– Ballot initiatives
In your state, 17-year-olds who will turn 18 by November 5th, 2024, are able to vote in the state primary election.
Your state automatically registers people to vote at the address on their drivers license or other state issued ID card. If you have moved but have not updated your ID with your new address, changed your name or want to add a political party selection, you must update your voter registration. Click here to check to see if you are registered to vote, and update your registration if needed.
You can register to vote and cast your ballot on Election Day at your polling place or local elections office. Bring a valid ID and proof of residence with you.
To vote in person absentee, go to your county auditor's office or a satellite voting location and request, fill out, and return your ballot while there.
Some states have laws that specifically allow citizens to preregister at a certain age while others allow registration as long as you’re 18 by the next election. Preregistration means you’ll be automatically registered to vote on your 18th birthday without taking any additional steps.
In Iowa, you can preregister to vote if you are 17. Register to vote today!
In Iowa, you can preregister to vote if you are 18 by the next election. Register to vote today!
Some states even let you vote in their primaries at 17 if you’ll be 18 by the general election so you can participate in the whole process!
You can vote in the Iowa primaries if you are 17 by the next election.