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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.

Don’t miss your next election!

Your voter registration application must be hand delivered, submitted online, or received by mail on or before Oct. 24th. You can vote in person with an absentee ballot at your county auditor office, on Election Day, or vote by mail in Iowa.

Miss your deadline? No problem, you may register to vote in person on Election Day. 

Your polling place hours are 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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.

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 at 5 p.m. 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.

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

    Have you been convicted of a felony?

    See what the registration laws are in your state below.

    Felon Re-Enfranchisement Laws

    Voting and attending college?

    Get information on how to vote from Campus Vote Project below.

    College Student Voting Info