Voter Ready:
A Guide to Voting in Iowa

Ready to Vote 2021: Prepare to vote at the polls

Be #VoterReady for Iowa’s elections by following these simple steps. A voting Iowan is an Iowan empowered to influence and create change at the federal, state, and local level, and casting your ballot is as easy as registering, providing proof of identification, and voting.

The first step is registering to vote. You can do this online, through the mail, or at the polls on Election Day.

Second, choose which option you prefer for voting: absentee or at the polls.

Click here to download an absentee ballot form.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. Click here to find your polling place .

Remember to bring your ID!

The last step is just as easy – cast your ballot!

What You Need

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 ID (not expired more than 90 days)
  • U.S. Passport (not expired)
  • U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID (not expired)
  • Iowa Voter Identification 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.



Wednesday, October 13– First Day of Absentee Voting

Monday, October 18 – Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed

Monday, November 1 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline

Tuesday, November 2 – Regular City/School Election Day

Tuesday, November 30 – City Run-off Election Day for cities with run-off provisions

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

Why Should I Vote

Your Vote Influences Government
No matter the result of any given election, lawmakers can see what matters to their constituents based on the number of votes cast.
Americans have fought for the right to vote
Our country's founders and generations of women and men have fought long and hard for the right to vote. Honor their dedication and efforts by exercising this hard-earned privilege.
More voters make democracy better
With every voter, our democracy becomes more representative and better able to serve.

The Polling Process

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