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Election Dates

  • Primary – Tuesday, June 5
  • Early Voting begins – Monday, May 7th
  • Deadline to request an absentee ballot – Friday, May 25th
  • Deadline to pre-register – Friday, May 25th
  • Last day to vote early in person – Monday, June 4th
  • 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
We have passed the deadline to request an absentee ballot for the primary.
Your ballot must be postmarked by Monday, June 4 and received by the auditor within a week in order to be counted.

Track your absentee ballot here.  If you have questions about your ballot, contact your local county auditor.

Early Voting in Person
You can vote early in person at your county’s auditor’s office during regular business hours from May 7th-June 4th and on the Saturday before the primary (June 2nd). Find your auditor’s hours, location, and contact info here.

Register to Vote
We have passed the deadline to pre-register for the primary, but you can still register to vote on Election Day. Find out what you will need to bring with you here.

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.