Voter Ready:
A Guide to Voting in Iowa

Ready to Vote 2020

Be #VoterReady for Iowa’s November 3 general election by following these simple steps.

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. County auditors can open for in-person absentee voting and begin mailing ballots on Monday, October 5.

Click here to download an absentee ballot form.

Polls will be open on November 3 from 7 a.m. – 9 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)

For elections occurring in 2020, approved forms of identification that expired in 2020 are considered current and valid for voting purposes.

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 5– 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 2. This is also the first day county auditor’s can mail absentee ballots to voters who have requested them

Monday, October 19– Worry-Free Postmark Date for Pre-Registration

Saturday, October 24, 5:00 p.m.– Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed

Saturday, October 31 – Auditor’s Office Open for Absentee Voting

November 2 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline; Postmark Deadline for Absentee Ballots

November 3 – General Election Day

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Absentee ballots must be postmarked on or before November 2nd or delivered to the county auditor by 9:00 p.m. 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.

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