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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!

On Nov. 2nd, there are municipal and school board elections across the state. The deadline for mail-in or online registration is Oct. 18th, or you can register to vote in person at your polling place on Election Day.

In Iowa, you can vote in person during early voting or on Election Day, or vote by mail. Your polling place hours are from 7 a.m. to 8 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 early in Iowa at your county auditor’s office using an absentee ballot, from Oct. 13th to Nov. 1st. No excuse required.

To vote absentee-by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 18th at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot you may return it in person or by mail. If returning by mail, it must be received by your county's auditor office by Election Day. Alternatively, you can deliver it in-person to your county’s county's auditor office by the 9:00 p.m. on Election Day.

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