Iowa Voting Rights Restoration

Misdemeanor convictions in Iowa

Can prisoners vote in jail? Generally, yes.

You do not lose the right to vote while incarcerated if you are convicted of a misdemeanor in Iowa. If you are incarcerated for a misdemeanor you should check voter registration status, register to vote if necessary, and request an absentee ballot from office administrators at your complex.

You can vote while awaiting trial for any charge, even if incarcerated, as long as you have not lost your right to vote due to a prior conviction.

Felony conviction in Iowa

Can felons vote in Iowa?

On Aug 5, 2020 Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an executive order that will restore voting rights to those who have completed all terms of confinement, parole, probation, or other supervised release for all felony convictions, including the completion of any special sentence. 

Exception: This does not apply to individuals convicted of crimes found in Iowa Code Chapter 707, including homocide and related crimes.

Next steps for restoring voting rights in Iowa

If your sentence is completed, including parole or probation, you may register to vote and cast a ballot.

If you were convicted of a felony involving homicide and related crimes: You should apply to the Governor for a pardon, if pardoned you may register to vote and cast a ballot.

In all states, it's a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. If you are uncertain about your status from the information provided on this page, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE for more information.



For help with:

  • Registering to vote
  • Requesting an absentee ballot
  • Requesting a mail-in ballot


For help with finding your Election Official.