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.

Absentee in Person

In-person absentee voting for the November 3 General Election is available October 5 – November 2. You can vote in your county auditor’s office or at an appropriate satellite location if available. The auditor’s office also will be open for absentee voting the last two Saturdays prior to the election, October 24th and 31st.”

Absentee by Mail

Request Deadline for Mailed Ballots

The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, eleven days before the election. If the request is for the general election, the deadline to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, ten days before the election. To receive a ballot by mail for the November 3 General Election, your request must be received by your county auditor no later than 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24.

Receiving the Ballot

After receiving your request form, the county auditor will mail you a ballot.

Ballots are mailed no sooner than 29 days before election day.

For the November 3 General Election, county auditors will begin mailing absentee ballots on October 5

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.

You can:

Mail your ballot so that it is postmarked on or before Monday, November 2


Hand deliver your ballot to your county auditor during business hours or any time up until 9:00 p.m. on Election Day November 3,


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.