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Registration Deadline: Voter pre-registration deadlines:

   - 10 days before General and Primary elections
   - 11 days before all other elections

When you pre-register, your name will appear on the election register at your polling place. This allows you to sign in quickly when you arrive on Election Day. If you were not able to pre-register to vote, you may register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently live. For more information, visit Election Day Registration.

If you are a college student, you may choose to register to vote at your home address or at your college address. You cannot register to vote at both

Party Affiliation:

Ballots are secret and voters have the right to vote for any candidate they want.

The only time that party affiliation is important in terms of voting is in the case of a political party caucus or a primary election. In those cases, voters must be registered with the political party whose caucus or primary they wish to participate in. Voters have the right to change their affiliation and then participate in the caucus or primary election on the day those events are being held. (Ex. Someone who is registered as a Republican may participate in the Democratic primary election by changing his or her political affiliation to Democratic on the day the primary election is held and vice versa,)

Voters can only participate in one party's caucus or primary election each time those events take place.


Age: At least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by election day to vote).

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of Iowa

Mental Competency: Not currently been judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court

Felony Convictions: Not be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored.
See Restoration of Rights for more information on restoration of voting rights for convicted felons).

ID Requirements: ID requirements must consist of a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable Ids:

-Iowa Driver's license 
-IA non-driver ID card
-Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
-U.S. Passport
-U.S. Military ID
-ID card issued by employer
-Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address. The following are acceptable proofs of residence:

-Residential lease 
Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
Bank statement
Government check or other government document


Online: Iowa Voter Registration Form

In person:
Voters can also register in person at:
   -  County auditors' offices

By mail/ in writing: Pick up a voter registration form from the above location or print it out and mail it into your local county auditor's office.

By fax: Contact your local county auditor's office for faxing options.


Online: Iowa Voter Registration Verification

Phone: Contact your County Auditor's Office


Who can vote absentee: 
Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through their county auditor. 

Phone: Contact your County Auditor's Office


Online: Download a form and turn it in either by mail or in person.

In person: You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor's
 office before any election. 

For voters who need assistance in marking their ballots, an accessible ballot marking device is available at
each polling place.

For primary and general elections, absentee ballots will be available no earlier than 40 days at the county auditors’ offices. For all other elections, ballots will be available as soon as they are ready.

By mail: You may request an absentee ballot by completing a ballot request form and return it to your county auditor.

Military and overseas voting:
Information on military voting can be found here and information on overseas voting can be found here.

Other absentee ballot information:The absentee ballot request form must be received in the county auditor's office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

By Mail: Absentee ballots received in the county auditor's office by the time the polls close on election day are eligible for counting. Absentee ballots received after the polls close on election day must be postmarked by the Monday before election day or earlier and received in the county auditor's office no later than noon on the Monday following the election. For school and some city and special elections, the return deadline may be earlier. Read the instructions sent with the ballot.

Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot on election day, you have the following options:

- Deliver your voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office before the polls close on election day.
- Surrender your voted absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot, or
Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot


Verifying Registration: Iowa Online Voter Registration Verification

Deciding how to vote:

Polling Place: Online Voter Registration and Polling Place Finder

ID Requirements: You are encouraged to always bring identification with you when you vote. You may be asked to show identification if:
   -  You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003, and have never voted in a Primary or General election in your county
   -  You have moved from where you are registered to vote
   -  Your right to vote has been challenged
   -  The precinct election officials do not know you

In order to register and vote at the polls on election day you must have both Proof of ID as well as proof of residence. Proof of ID is any of the following:
   -Iowa non-driver ID card;
   -Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card;
   -U.S. Passport;
   -U.S. Military ID;
   -ID card issued by employer;
   -Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college;

Proof of residence is needed if your photo ID does not contain your current address, the following will prove residence:
   -Residential lease
   -Utility bill
(including a cell phone bill)
   -Bank statement
   -Government check or other government document

If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

How to Vote: Types of Elections in Iowa

Problems with voting: Call the Voter Hotline at 1-888-SOS-VOTE

Verifying absentee ballot status: Iowa Absentee Ballot Tracker



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