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.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m.–8 p.m.
Remember to bring your ID!
The last step is just as easy – cast your ballot!
Precinct election officials are required to ask voters registered in the county to show one of the valid forms of identification:
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.
Tuesday, August 30 – First Day to File Absentee Ballot Request with County Auditor
Wednesday, October 19 – First Day of Absentee Voting
Monday, October 24 – Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
Saturday, November 5 – Auditors’ Offices Open for Absentee Voting
Monday, November 7 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline
Tuesday, November 8 – General Election Day; Absentee Ballots Receipt Deadline
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.*