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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

General Election Date
Online Registration Deadline
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.

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 (click here) no later than Oct. 23rd. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by election day.

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

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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