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. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.
In order to receive an absentee ballot, a registered voter MUST provide the following necessary information:
- Date of Birth
- Iowa Residential Address
- Voter Verification Number (ID Number)
- Iowa Driver’s License or Non-Operator ID Number OR
- Four digit Voter PIN located on the voter’s Iowa Voter ID Card
- Any voter may request an Iowa Voter ID Card by contacting their County Auditor’s Office
- The name OR date of the election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot
- Party affiliation – only required for Primary Elections, which are held in even numbered years
- Signature and date the form was completed
Absentee in Person
In-person absentee voting for the November 2 City/School Election is available Wednesday, October 13 – Monday, November 1. You can vote in your county auditor’s office or at an appropriate satellite location, if available.
Absentee by Mail
Request Deadline for Mailed Ballots
Iowans can submit requests to receive absentee ballots by mail 70 days prior to election day.
Receiving the Ballot
Ballots are mailed no sooner than 20 days before election day. Please allow several days for delivery before contacting your county auditor for a replacement or presenting in-person to vote a replacement ballot.
Your ballot will arrive with instructions on how to mark the ballot as well as how to return the ballot.
Returning the Ballot
Mark your ballot, and then follow the instructions included with your ballot to return it in the postage-paid return envelope. It is vital that you utilize the return envelope supplied by the county auditor.
Mail your ballot so that is received before 8 PM CT on Election Day – November 2
Hand deliver your ballot to your county auditor during business hours or any time up until 8 PM CST on Election Day – November 2
Surrender your absentee ballot at your precinct polling place on Election Day and vote a regular ballot
Vote a provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot.
Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day.
Tracking the Ballot
Did you know you can track the status of your absentee ballot after your request form has been received by the county auditor? Click here to get an update on your ballot’s status.