Important Dates

Wednesday, October 13– First Day of Absentee Voting

Monday, October 18 – Pre-registration Deadline; Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed

Monday, November 1 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline

Tuesday, November 2 – Regular City/School Election Day

Tuesday, November 30 – City Run-off Election Day for cities with run-off provisions

Election Day Voting Info


Polls are open from 7 AM – 8 PM on Tuesday, November 2.  Many counties have combined polling locations for the primary so your regular polling location may have changed.

Early Voting Info

In-person absentee and vote by mail begins on Wednesday, October 13. You can typically still vote early in person at your auditor’s office during regular business hours.  Absentee ballot must be received in your county auditor’s office prior to 8:00 PM CST on Election Day. Contact your county auditor for details.


You can see when your request was processed, when your ballot was mailed to you, and when the auditor received your ballot.

Voter Registration Info


Not sure if you are registered? You can double check!
Check if your voting rights have been restored here. If you need to apply for restoration of voting rights, click here.

Voter ID Requirements

Voters are now required to show a valid form of ID at the polls in order to vote.

What is a valid form of ID?

  • Iowa Voter Identification Card*
  • Iowa Driver’s License
  • Iowa Non-Operator ID
  • U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Tribal ID Card/Document
*If you register to vote in advance of the election and do not have a valid driver’s license or non-operator’s ID issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation, you will be issued an Iowa Voter ID Card for free, automatically, in the mail. You will need to bring this with you to the polls.
If you show up at the polls to vote and don’t have a valid ID, you have a few options:
  • Another registered voter in the precinct may attest to your identity
  • You can prove your identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents
  • You can cast a provisional ballot and provide ID to the county auditor up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after election day for Primary and General Elections).

Learn more about the requirements here