YOUR VOTE: Iowa
Get ready to cast your ballot this fall.
It's election season! Are you ready? With just a few clicks, we'll walk through voter registration, key election dates, and all the documents you'll need. Best of all, you can share this info with your friends and neighbors. Make sure that your vote counts!
I. WAIT! BEFORE YOU SCROLL ANY FURTHER, REGISTER TO VOTE
Need to register? Or maybe you just want election reminders? Thanks to TurboVote, we've got you covered. Just click below:
II. KNOW THE DATES
- November 3, 2020.
General Registration Deadline:
- The registration deadline is October 24, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for registration online, in person, or by mail.
Deadline to Request Mail-In Ballot:
- Iowans cannot request mail-in ballots solely due to COVID-19 concerns this fall.
- If you are eligible to vote by mail-in ballot, request your absentee ballot from your town/city clerk as early as possible. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is 5:00 p.m. on October 24, 2020.
- An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
Iowa is not allowing mail-in voting due to COVID-19 concerns this fall. Only those already eligible for absentee voting due to age, disability, or being out of state can vote absentee.
III. REGISTER TO VOTE
- Not sure you're registered? This handy widget will tell you whether you're on the voter rolls.
- Here are the requirements to register as a voter in Iowa.
Need To Register?
- Yes, it's so important we're including it twice. Here's that link again:
IV. WHERE TO VOTE
- School, firehouse or community center, this simple form will tell you where to go to cast your ballot.
- Click here to find your precinct.
Do I need to wear a mask to the polls?
- Maybe. Although the state isn't requiring masks to vote, some localities, such as Waterloo, have passed their own mask mandates. To be on the safe side, confirm yourprecinct's mask policy before heading to the polls.
V. COVID-19 MAIL-IN VOTING & ABSENTEE VOTING
COVID-19 is NOT an accepted reason for requesting a mail-in ballot. However, some voters are eligible for mail-in ballots due to age, disability, or other factors:
- Request your absentee ballot from your county auditor as early as possible. An Absentee Ballot Application can be downloaded here.
- Here are Iowa's Absentee Voter Registration Instructions.
Out of town or serving abroad?
VI. WHAT TO TAKE TO THE POLLS
Voter ID Laws:
- Iowa requires photo identification to vote.
- Here is the list of accepted credentials.
- Contact your polling place for an acceptable list of options.
Don't have a valid ID?
- A voter who is unable to provide an approved form of identification (or is unable to prove residence, if required) may 1) have their identity/residence attested to by another registered voter in the precinct, or 2) cast a provisional ballot. If the voter casts a provisional ballot, they can provide ID up until 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday after election day.
VII. HAVING TROUBLE? GET IN TOUCH
The Iowa Secretary of State:
- Call (888) 767-8683 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voter ID Helpline:
- Call 844-338-8743
Any other questions?
See you at the ballots (or mailboxes), Iowans!
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