State of Iowa Voting Requirements

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Iowa State Primary Election held on Tue Jun 7, 2022

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Received by Mon May 23, 2022
  • Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Jun 7, 2022

Absentee Ballot Request

Received by Mon May 23, 2022 5:00pm CDT

Absentee Ballot Return

  • Received by Tue Jun 7, 2022 9:00pm CDT
  • Post received by Mon Jun 13, 2022

In-Person Absentee Voting

Wed May 18, 2022 - Mon Jun 6, 2022
In-person absentee ballots are available no sooner than the date noted. Contact your local election office to confirm they have ballots.

Local Elections

Iowa Regular City and School Elections held on Tue Nov 30, 2021

Type

Deadlines

New Voter Registration

  • Received by Fri Nov 19, 2021
  • Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 30, 2021

Absentee Ballot Request

Mon Nov 15, 2021

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue Nov 30, 2021 9:00pm CST

In-Person Absentee Voting

Mon Nov 1, 2021 - Mon Nov 29, 2021
In-person absentee ballots are available no sooner than the date noted. Contact your local election office to confirm they have ballots. Includes all regular city and school elections in Iowa.

Registration

You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • at the polls on Election Day

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 9pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

A registered voter may vote early via an absentee ballot cast at your county auditor's office. Contact your local office to inquire about early voting options for specific elections.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voters must ask the county auditor to send absentee ballot application forms by 5pm fifteen days before an election. You can also download the application on the Iowa Secretary of State website. Return the original, signed application to your county auditor.

Absentee ballots must arrive in the county auditor’s office by the time polls close on Election Day. County auditors may place one drop box per county for ballots inside their offices or on county property, but may not place them at other locations around the community

Absentee ballots may be returned to the auditor’s office in person or by mail. Only the voter, an immediate family member, a household member, or a caregiver may deliver or mail the completed ballot. A voter’s employer, a member of a voters’ union, or an agent of a party/committee/candidate may not return the ballot. The person returning the ballot must sign paperwork and may not return more than two ballots per election. Exceptions may be granted for registered Iowa voters who are blind or have another disability.

You are eligible to vote in Iowa if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Iowa
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day

You are NOT eligible to vote in Iowa if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are registered to vote in another state

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

You may preregister to vote in Iowa

  • at the age of 17-1/2

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Iowa if:

  • You reside in Iowa but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Iowa
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university at the polls

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Iowa you should provide one of the following:

  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • Your Iowa Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

If you do not have this form of ID(s), Iowa will also accept:

  • Valid Employee ID
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Military ID
  • Out of State Driver's License or Non-driver ID
  • Valid Iowa non-driver's ID
  • Valid Tribal ID

IDs presented must be valid and contain an expiration date

If your ID does not contain your current address, you may use the following documents to show proof of residence:

  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Lease or rent agreement

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Iowa, in certain cases you may be required to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Utility Bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Government Check
  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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