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Election Dates

General – Tuesday, November 6th

  • Early Voting begins – Monday, October 8th
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot – Saturday, October 27th
  • Deadline to pre-register – Saturday, October 27th
  • Last day to vote early in person – Monday, November 5th


Voting by Mail

You can download an Absentee Ballot Request form, fill it out, and return it to your local county auditor.

Beginning January 1, 2018, voters requesting absentee ballots will be required to include their driver’s license/non-driver’s ID numbers on their request form. Voters receiving the Voter ID Card will be required to include their card’s four-digit PIN number on the absentee ballot request form (find out more about the new voter ID law below).

Ballots will begin to be mailed out on Monday, October 8th.

Absentee ballot request forms must be received by the auditor no later than 5pm on Saturday, October 28th for the Primary.


Early Voting in Person

You can begin early voting in person on Monday, October 8th.  Contact your local county auditor for more information.

Register to Vote

You can register to vote online or download a registration form.  Not sure if you’re registered?  You can double check.

Your voter registration form  must be received by the auditor no later than 5pm on Saturday, October 28th for the Primary.

Voting with disabilities

If you or a family member need special assistance to vote, you have the right to an accessible voting location, accessible voting equipment and to receive assistance in casting your ballot.

You can find more information on ways you or a family member that needs assistance can vote here.

Persons with vision impairment can call 888-SOS-VOTE (888-767-8683) or email to receive accessible information and services.

Voter ID

Check out this video explaining what is needed under the new Voter ID law.

Beginning January 1, 2018 voters will be asked to show their ID before voting at the polls. Anyone who does not have the necessary ID will be asked to sign an oath* verifying their identity, and will be allowed to cast a regular ballot.

Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show their ID at the polls before they vote. Voters without the necessary ID will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after election day for Primary and General Elections).

You can find out more about the new Voter ID law at the Secretary of State’s FAQ page or contact the SOS directly.

Necessary ID includes:

  • Your valid Iowa Driver’s License
  • Your non-operator ID
  • Your Voter ID Card**
  • Your passport
  • Your Military ID
  • Your Veterans ID

**If you are a registered voter without a state-issued driver’s license or non-driver’s ID, you will be receiving your new Voter ID card in the mail.  Once you receive your Voter ID Card, you should sign it and put it in your purse or wallet; you will need to take it with you to vote.

If you lose or do not receive your Voter ID card, you may request a replacement from your county auditor.  


Sample Iowa Voter Identification Card

Sample Iowa Voter Identification Carad

 *Oath to verify your identity – I (name of registrant), do solemnly swear or affirm all of the following: I am a resident of the precinct __, ward or township, city of __, county of __, Iowa. I am the person named above. I live at the address listed below. I do not claim the right to vote anywhere else. I have not voted and will not vote in any other precinct in this election. I understand that any false statement in this oath is a class “D” felony punishable by no more than five years in confinement and a fine of at least seven hundred fifty dollars but not more than seven thousand five hundred dollars.