Iowa

55% of 18-29 year olds voted in Iowa in 2020*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 23, 2021, in order to be eligible to vote in 2021 Municipal Elections, unless you plan on doing same-day voter registration.

Iowa will hold Municipal and School Board elections on November 2, 2021.

Check Registration Status

Check your Iowa voter registration status here.

Eligibility

In order to register to vote in Iowa, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident, and at least 17 years old at the time of registration (must be 18 to vote).

  • In Iowa, you cannot claim the right to vote if registered in another place or judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court. Furthermore, a person’s voter registration is cancelled if the person is convicted of a felony. See information about voting rights restoration here.
  • College students may choose to register to vote at either their home address OR at their college address (you cannot register to vote at both). See more college student specific information here.

Deadline

The deadline to register vote online or by mail in Iowa for the Municipal Elections (November 2, 2021) is October 23, 2021. Iowa also has same day voter registration.

Voter Registration Process

There are 3 primary methods of registering to vote in Iowa, you may register to vote online, in-person, or by mailing in a printable application.

  • Further voter registration information for Iowa can be found here.

This page was last updated on July 16, 2021.

Questions? Contact us here.

Vote-By-Mail Practices

All registered Iowa voters are eligible to vote by mail. Click here to access Iowa’s absentee ballot request form. This form must be returned your county auditor.

  • A written application for a mailed absentee ballot must be received by the voter’s County Auditor no later than 5:00 p.m. 10 days before (October 23, 2021) the November 2, 2021 General Election.
  • Your vote by-mail ballot must be received by your County Auditor by the time the polls close on election day (9 pm on November 2, 2021).
  • Further absentee voting information for Iowa is listed here.

Early Voting

Iowa offers early voting.

  • Voting early in-person is available beginning October 4, 2021. Early voting takes place at the county auditor’s office.
  • In-person absentee voting at the auditor’s office on Election Day is not available unless the polls open at noon. If the polls do open at noon, it is possible to cast an absentee ballot on election day from 8 am – 11 am.

Poll Finder

Locate your polling place here.

Election Day Practices

On Election Day, the polls are open 7am-9pm.

  • At the polls, you must present an acceptable form of photo ID in order to vote. Further information about what types of ID to produce can be found here.
  • Further Iowa voting information is listed here.

This page was last updated on July 16, 2021.

Questions? Contact us here.