Vote By Mail

All Iowa voters are eligible to vote by mail

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Voting By Mail:

Iowa allows for no-excuse absentee voting. That means if you are a registered Iowa voter, you are able to vote by mail. If you did not receive an absentee ballot request in the mail or lost it, you can request one HERE.

Voters may vote in person at their county auditor’s office May 4 – June 1. Voters may vote early by mail April 23 – June 2 (ballots must be received by 9pm on June 2). Ballot request forms will automatically be mailed to all registered voters in Iowa.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot:

All active registered voters will receive Absentee Ballot Request Forms in the mail with prepaid return envelopes in April. There is no way to request an absentee ballot online – you must complete and return the form either by mail or in-person to your county auditor by May 22. 

Returning an Absentee Ballot:

Once you mail in your request form, your county auditor will mail you a ballot. With the ballot, the county auditor will include instructions on how to complete it. Ballots must be received by 9pm on Election Day (June 2). Aim to mail your ballot back on or before May 18, the worry-free postmark date.

Absentee ballots cannot be delivered to your polling places on Election Day. If you have not returned your absentee ballot on Election Day, you have the following options: 

  1. Deliver your completed absentee ballot to your county auditor’s office before 9pm on June 2
  2. Surrender your completed absentee ballot and vote at the polls
  3. Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot
To vote in Iowa, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident, and at least 17 years old (turning 18 on or before the general Election Day of November 3).

Key Dates:

  • April 23: First Day of Absentee Voting for the Primary Election

  • May 4: First Day of In-Person Absentee Voting at your County Auditor’s Office

  • May 18: Worry-free postmark date

  • May 22: Last Day to Request an Absentee Ballot

  • June 1: Last Day to Request and Cast an Absentee Ballot In-Person at your County Auditor’s Office

  • June 2: Primary Election Day – All absentee ballots must be received by 9pm (Polls are open for in-person Election Day voting from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM)

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