Voting in Iowa

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Election Dates

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/24/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

Early Voting Dates

10/19/2022
Early Voting Begins
11/07/2022
Early Voting Ends

The upcoming election is a presidential primary. Learn About Presidential Primaries

Polling place hours: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Iowa Board of Elections Phone Number: (515) 281-8849

Iowa Board of Elections Website

Having trouble at the polls?

Call or text: 1-866-OUR-VOTE

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Whether you are registering to vote for the first time, or need to update your address, name or party affiliation - we've got you covered!

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Click here to learn more.

Vote By Mail

Request and track

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.

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/24/2022
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/08/2022
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

How Vote By Mail Works 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 October 24th at 5 p.m. 

Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your county auditor on or before November 8th at 8 p.m.
  • Stamp and mail your ballot. Ballots must be received by November 8th at 8 p.m. to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

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Where to Sign Your Ballot

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.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

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.

Can Someone Else Return Your Ballot For You?

A member of your immediate family, someone in your household, or your caretaker may return your absentee ballot.

Track Your Ballot

Track your ballot by clicking here.

Haven't used your 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.

Opportunities to Fix Challenges to Your Ballot

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.

Voter ID

Do Voters Need ID?

Registered voters in Iowa must show one of the following at the polls:

  • Iowa driver’s license
  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • Tribal ID
  • Veteran’s ID
  • Voter ID card

Voter ID in Iowa

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Primaries

Presidential Primaries

Primary Type (D): Open
Primary Type (R): Open

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.

 

Automatic Registration

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.

Election Day Registration

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.

In-Person Absentee Voting

In-Person Absentee Dates

10/19/2022
Voting Begins
11/07/2022
Voting Ends

You can vote in-person absentee in Iowa

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.

Preregister

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 and 6 months . 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 not vote in the Iowa primaries if you are 17 by the next election.