State of Iowa Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

U.S. Domestic Voters

General Information


You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office
  • at the polls on Election Day

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 7am to 8pm on Election Day.

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Early Voting

A registered voter may vote early via an absentee ballot cast at your county auditor's office. Contact your local office to inquire about early voting options for specific elections.

Absentee Voting

Any registered voter may request an absentee ballot and vote by mail. Voters must send an absentee ballot request application form to their county auditor by 5pm, fifteen days before an election. You can also download the application on the Iowa Secretary of State website. Return the original, signed application to your county auditor.

Place your completed ballot in the postage-paid return envelope provided. Absentee ballots must arrive in the county auditor’s office by the time polls close on Election Day. County auditors may place one drop box per county for ballots inside their offices or on county property, but may not place them at other locations around the community

Absentee ballots may be returned to the auditor’s office in person or by mail. Only the voter, an immediate family member, a household member, or a caregiver may deliver or mail the completed ballot. A voter’s employer, a member of a voters’ union, or an agent of a party/committee/candidate may not return the ballot. The person returning the ballot must sign paperwork and may not return more than two ballots per election. Exceptions may be granted for registered Iowa voters who are blind or have another disability.

General Information