State of Iowa Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 16                  First day of in-person absentee (early) voting
  • October 21                  Deadline for pre-registration to vote (same day registration is allowed on Election Day at the polls)
  • October 21                  Deadline to request absentee ballot
  • November 4                Last day of in-person absentee (early) voting
  • November 5                Deadline for absentee ballots to be received
  • November 5                Election Day

*Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. CT. Absentee ballots must be received in your county auditor’s office prior to 8:00 PM CT on Election Day.


To register to vote in Iowa, you must:

  1. Must be at least 17 years old. A person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before election day. In the case of primary elections, a person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before the corresponding regular election
  2. Must be a United States Citizen
  3. Must be an Iowa resident
  4. Cannot be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored by the Governor, including through Executive Order, after a felony convictionfor more information visit RestoreYourVote.Iowa.Gov)
  5. Cannot be judged mentally incompetent by a court of law
  6. Cannot claim the right to vote in any other place


How to register to vote:

  • In person: You may register at the county auditor’s office. If you don’t know where that is, click here to find your county auditor. When pre-registering to vote at your county auditor’s office, you’ll need either your driver’s license, non-operator ID, or to know the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Online: You may register or update your registration online if you have an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID AND the last FIVE digits of your Social Security Number. Registrations submitted online must be completed at or before 11:59 p.m. CT fifteen days prior to the election.
  • By mail: You may complete the Iowa Voter Registration Form and mail it to your county auditor. Completed voter registrations may be mailed to your county auditor and must be received by 5:00 p.m. CT or postmarked fifteen days prior to the election.
  • Same day registration at the polls: If you are not registered to vote in the county where you live, you may go to your correct polling place and register on Election Day. You must provide acceptable proof of identity and current residence in the precinct. Proof of residence documents may be in an electronic format or on paper. If you do not have sufficient documentation, another registered voter who lives in the same precinct may attest to your identity and residence.


Voter ID Requirements

Precinct election officials are required to ask voters registered in the county to show one of the valid forms of identification:

  • Iowa Driver’s License (not expired more than 90 days)
  • Iowa Non-Operator’s ID (not expired more than 90 days)
  • U.S. Passport (not expired)
  • U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (not expired)
  • Iowa Voter ID PIN card (must be signed)
  • Tribal ID Card/Document (must be signed, with photo, not expired)

An Iowa Voter Identification Card is provided automatically by the county auditor to each voter who does not have either an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID. Any voter may request an Iowa Voter ID Card by contacting their county auditor’s office.

A voter without one of the above forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Iowa.


Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may choose to vote absentee by mail or in-person in Iowa. You must be registered to vote and complete an absentee ballot request form and return the original, signed form to your county auditor. Download an absentee ballot request form. Learn how to request an absentee ballot by mail. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.

After receiving your request form, the county auditor will mail you a ballot.  Absentee ballots received in the county auditor’s office by the time the polls close on election day are eligible for counting.

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:

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


Early In-Person Voting

In-person absentee voting is available beginning 20 days prior to the election and runs up to 5 p.m. the day prior to the election. You can vote in your county auditor’s office or at an appropriate satellite location, if available.




Tribes in Iowa

Federally recognized tribes

  • Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinator(s):

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Rita Hart
Native American Caucus Chair, Sarah Young Bear-Brown

Chair, Jeff Kaufmann

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