Vote By Mail

All Iowa voters are eligible to vote by mail

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Voting By Mail:

If you are a registered Iowa voter, you are able to vote by mail. To vote by mail, you have to request your ballot. If you did not receive a request form or lost yours, you can request one here. Requests must be received no later than Saturday, October 24 at 5pm.

To fill out your ballot request form, you will need your Iowa Driver’s License number, or if you don’t have one, your Iowa Voter PIN. Don’t know your PIN? Call your county auditor to ask for it.

The Secretary of State will begin mailing ballots on Monday, October 5, so look out for your ballot in the mail after that. When you receive your ballot, fill it out and mail it back as soon as possible. Your ballot must be postmarked before Election Day — aim to get your ballot in the mail no later than October 24 (the worry-free postmark date).

If you have not mailed back your ballot by Election Day, you have the following options:

  1. Deliver your completed absentee ballot to your county auditor’s office before 9pm on November 3
  2. Surrender your completed absentee ballot at your polling place, and then cast your vote

Voting Early in Person:

Typically Iowans can vote in person at their county auditor’s office during regular business hours starting Monday, October 5. You can find your county auditor’s office here.

Voting on Election Day:

Voting early or by mail is safe and easy — please see above for instructions on how to cast your ballot early or by mail! If you would still like to vote on Election Day, polls are open between 7am and 9pm. 

Please confirm your polling location as they may have changed due to COVID-19.

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). Please review voter ID requirements here.

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:

  • October 5: Ballots begin being mailed + first day of in-person early voting at your county auditor’s office

  • October 24: Worry-free postmark date (mail your ballot in if you haven’t yet!)

  • November 2: Postmark deadline for mail-in ballots

  • November 3: All mail-in ballots must be turned in to county auditor by 9pm. Polls are open for in-person Election Day voting from 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM

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