State of Iowa Voting Requirements & Information

Statewide Voter Information

 

U.S. Domestic Voters

Des Moines City Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

New Voter Registration

  • Sat Oct 28, 2017
  • Postmarked by Mon Oct 23, 2017
  • In-Person by Sat Oct 28, 2017
  • Post received by Sat Oct 28, 2017
  • Election Day Registration & Voting Tue Nov 7, 2017

Absentee Ballot Request

Fri Nov 3, 2017

Absentee Ballot Return

Tue Nov 7, 2017 9:00pm CST

Early Voting

none on record
City Council Positions 1,3,5 and 7 are up for election in 2017.

Registration

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 9pm on Election Day.

Find my polling place

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.

You are eligible to vote in Iowa if you:

  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Are a resident of Iowa
  • Are a U.S citizen

You are NOT eligible to vote in Iowa if:

  • You are registered to vote in another state
  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have been previously convicted of a felony crime, you may vote in Iowa if your voting rights have been restored

You may preregister to vote in Iowa

  • at the age of 17-1/2

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Iowa you should provide:

  • Your Iowa Driver's License or State/non-driver ID Number
  • The Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
  • The Last Five Digits of your Social Security Number (online applicants)

You can alternatively show one of these documents when you vote to complete your registration.

If you do not have this form of ID(s), Iowa will also accept:

  • Valid non-driver's ID
  • Out of State Driver's License or Non-driver ID
  • Valid Military ID
  • Valid US Passport
  • Valid Student ID
  • Valid Employee ID

IDs presented must be valid and contain an expiration date

If your ID does not contain your current address, you may use the following documents to show proof of residence:

  • Lease or rent agreement
  • Government Issued Document that shows your current name and address
  • Utility Bill, Bank Statement, Government Check, or Paycheck that Shows your current name and address

Voting In-Person

If you are registered to vote in Iowa, in certain cases you may be required to show ID to vote. Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Government Issued Document that shows your Current Name and Address
  • Government Check
  • Bank Statement
  • Utility Bill
  • Current and Valid Photo ID
  • Paycheck that shows your Current Name and Address

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Overseas & Military Voters

Des Moines City Election held on Tue Nov 7, 2017

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Received by Tue Nov 7, 2017 Received by Tue Nov 7, 2017

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

  • Post received by Fri Nov 3, 2017 5:00pm CDT
  • Email, Online or Fax by Mon Nov 6, 2017 5:00pm CST
  • Post received by Fri Nov 3, 2017 5:00pm CDT
  • Email, Online or Fax by Mon Nov 6, 2017 5:00pm CST

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 9:00pm CST
  • Postmarked by Mon Nov 6, 2017
  • Email or Fax by Tue Nov 7, 2017 9:00pm CST
City Council Positions 1,3,5 and 7 are up for election in 2017.

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order the register/request your ballot.

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Important note: Iowa only allows you to return the voted ballot by fax or e-mail if you are casting the ballot from an imminent danger pay area. Iowa allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to uocava@sos.iowa.gov. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Best practice: If you emailed or faxed your voter registration/ballot request form, send your original, signed form in the mail if the voter registration/ballot request form was used to both register to vote and request an absentee ballot.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Iowa allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to uocava@sos.iowa.gov. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Best practice: If you emailed or faxed your voter registration/ballot request form, send your original, signed form in the mail if the voter registration/ballot request form was used to both register to vote and request an absentee ballot. Iowa allows you to return the voted ballot by fax or email if you are casting the ballot from an an imminent danger pay area or if you are an active member of the army, navy, marine corps, merchant marine, coast guard, air force, or Iowa National Guard and are outside the U.S. or any of its territories.