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Last update: May 01, 2021
Who can vote
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Iowa
- be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 years old to vote)
- be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
- not currently be judged by a court to be "incompetent to vote"
- not claim the right to vote in more than one place
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
What to bring
- Identification: Pre-registered voters are required to provide an approved form of ID before casting a regular ballot. Approved forms of ID for pre-registered voters include an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, US passport, tribal ID card/document, US military or veteran ID, or an Iowa voter ID card.
- If you are registering to vote after the pre-registration deadline or at the polls on election day, you must provide a current and valid photo ID. Approved forms of identification for election day registrants include the items listed above, excluding the Iowa Voter ID Card. Additional acceptable forms of identification are an out-of-state driver’s license or non-operator ID, employer-issued ID, or student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college.
- Proof of residence: If your address has changed or you need to register after the pre-registration deadline or at the polls on election day, you will also be required to provide proof of residence. If your current address is on your current and valid ID, then it may also serve as proof of residence. Proof of residence documents must include the voter’s name and address and be current within 45 days of presentation. These documents, except an ID, may be in electronic format, such as on a cell phone or tablet. Additional approved proof of residence documents are a residential lease, utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document, or a property tax statement (current within 45 days of final payment date).
- Voters without 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 and can provide ID up until 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday after election day.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
Election Day registration
See what's on the ballot
Get step-by-step help
Military and overseas voters
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
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