Iowa Election Information

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Registration Information

The deadline to register vote in Iowa is: Postmarked 15 days before the election, or received in person 10 days before General and Primary Elections, or received in person 11 days before all other elections. You may also register on Election Day.

To qualify to register to vote in Iowa, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident, at least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by election day to vote); and you cannot be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored), be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court, or claim the right to vote in any other place.

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To check the status of your voter registration, click here.

When can I vote in Iowa?

Early Voting Information

In-person early voting available? Yes
By mail early voting available? Yes


In Iowa, you don’t have to wait until Election Day to vote.

You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor’s office or "early voting location" before any election.  Early voting begins as soon as ballots are available and ends on Monday the day before the election. 

Registered voters may also vote early by mail.  You must complete an absentee ballot request form and return it to your county auditor by 5:00 pm on the Friday before the election. The voted absentee ballot must be postmarked by the day before the Election and received in the county auditor’s office no later than noon on the Tuesday following the election. 

Voting Hours on Election Day

The polls are open from:

7:00am to 9:00pm

Please contact your state election office for additional voting information, or click here to learn more about voting absentee in your state.

Where do I vote?

Find out here.
For more information, contact your state election office.

What do you need to bring?

There is no Voter ID law in Iowa.  But you may need to show identification at the polls on Election Day if you registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003, and you have never voted in a primary or general election in your county; your voter registration is inactive (and need to re-register); you have moved from the address where you are registered to vote; your right to vote is challenged; or the precinct election officials do not know you,

If you are asked to show identification, you may use any of the following forms of photo identification if it has your name and current address:

  • A current and valid photo ID (driver's license, non-driver ID card, or student ID card)
  • Current utility bill
  • Current bank statement, paycheck or government check
  • Other current government document

And - if you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, 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 though.

**If you are registering to vote at the polls on Election Day, you must provide photo ID and proof of residence.  Note: Your ID doesn’t need to have your current address. You can use one of the following items to prove your Iowa residency:

  • A residential lease
  • Property tax statement
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Or any other government document with the current name and address

For more information, contact your state election office.

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