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. Click here to find your polling place .
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.
Monday, October 4– First Day of Absentee Voting You can vote absentee in-person at your county auditor’s office or an appropriate satellite location if available beginning today through November 1. This is also the first day county auditor’s can mail absentee ballots to voters who have requested them
Tuesday, October 5 – City Primary Election Day for cities with primary provisions
Monday, October 18 – Worry-Free Postmark Date for Voter Pre-Registration
Friday, October 22, 5:00 p.m.– Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
Monday, November 1 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline; Postmark Deadline for Absentee Ballots
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. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before November 1st or delivered to the county auditor by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.