Instructions for voting

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  • How To: Register to Vote

    Voter registration requirements and deadlines. Register to vote

  • How To: Vote

    Find out how, where, and when to vote. How to vote

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Get Out The Vote!

How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID and birthday to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

sos.iowa.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at an Iowa address
  • Be at least 17 ½ years old
  • Not be convicted of a felony (unless your voting rights have been restored)
  • Not be currently judged by a court as incompetent to vote

How to Vote

Vote early
Sep 28–Nov 6

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day
Nov 6

Polls are open from 7 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line at your polling place by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required.


Who can vote early

All registered voters can vote early in person

Absentee ballot mailed by
November 6

Vote early
Sep 28–Nov 6

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required


Vote on Election Day

November 6

Polls are open from 7 AM–9 PM. If you’re in line at your polling place by 9 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID, if required

Voting requirements
  • Be registered to vote in Iowa. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Be an Iowa resident
  • Be 18 years by Election Day
  • Not be a convicted felon, unless your voting rights have been restored
  • Not be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court

ID requirements

If you’re not voting for the first time in Iowa, you don’t need to provide ID to vote by mail or in person

You might need to show ID if you’ve never voted in Iowa before, you registered by mail, and you did not include your Iowa driver’s license number, Iowa non-operator’s ID card number, or the last 4 digits of your Social Security number on your registration form.

Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Current photo ID
  • A copy of a current utility bill
  • A copy of a current bank statement
  • A copy of a current government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address

Frequently Asked Questions