Iowa

50% of 18-29 year olds voted in Iowa in 2016*

*Source CIRCLE - Youth Voting and Civic Engagement in America

Your voter registration application must be received on or by October 24, 2020 if you are registering online or by mail. However, Iowa offers same day in-person voter registration.

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 General Election (November 3, 2020) is October 24, 2020. 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 for the 2020 election.

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Iowa offers early and absentee by-mail voting. Voters are encouraged to consider voting using one of these methods in order to minimize their risk of exposure to COVID-19.

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 24, 2020) the November 3, 2020 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 3, 2020).
  • Further absentee voting information for Iowa is listed here.

Early Voting

Iowa offers early voting.

  • Voting early in-person is available beginning 29 days before the November 3rd 2020 General Election, and goes until the day before election day (November 2, 2020). 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 for the 2020 election.

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