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Voter Registration in Iowa
To participate in Iowa elections, you must register to vote with the Iowa Secretary of State.
You can also submit your voter registration to the Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) at the Office of Driver Services.
To be eligible to vote in Iowa, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen.
- Be a resident of Iowa.
- Be at least 17 ½ years old.
- You must be at least 18 years old by the election date to be able to vote.
- NOT be convicted of a felony (unless your voting rights have been reinstated).
- NOT be registered to vote in any other state.
Check Your Voter Registration Status
If you’re unsure whether you’re registered to vote in IA, you can check the status of your voter registration by visiting the Iowa Secretary of State website.
You will need to provide your:
- First name.
- Last name.
- Zip code.
You can also find your polling place (primary and general elections only) online.
In Iowa, you can pre-register to vote or register on Election Day at the polling booth.
Pre-Register to Vote
You must pre-register to vote at least 10 days before the primary and general elections, and at least 11 days before all other elections.
NOTE: If you’re unable to submit your voter registration before the deadline, you may be eligible to register on Election Day. See “Election Day Registration” below for more information.
You will be mailed an IA voter registration card within 2 weeks.
NOTE: If you lose your voter registration card, you can request a new card by contacting your local county auditor.
Election Day Registration
To register to vote on Election Day, you’ll need to visit the polling place in your precinct and show:
- Proof of your identity, such as your:
- Iowa ID card or driver’s license.
- U.S. passport.
- U.S. military ID.
- Proof of your IA residency, such as your:
- Utility bill.
- Lease agreement.
If you’re currently on active military duty or living overseas, you can register to vote in Iowa through the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP).
You will automatically receive absentee ballots in the mail for all Federal elections held in the calendar year that you apply. You can also request absentee ballots for other elections held in Iowa during the year.
NOTE: If you are the spouse or dependent of an active-duty military member, you can also register to vote through the FVAP.
NOTE: If you move within your county, you can notify your polling place on Election Day. Be prepared to show a form of identification with your name and address, such as your:
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