Voting in Iowa
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For full information about voting in Iowa, contact your state election agency.
To vote in Iowa, you must be:
—Iowa Secretary of State
When and where
The deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the election. You may register by filling out a form and returning it by mail or in person. Registration is allowed on Election Day with proof of identification.
As of January 2015, Iowa is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.
Voting on Election Day
First-time voters may be asked to show identification for proof of residency.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Iowa. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be postmarked the day before Election Day and received by noon on the Monday following the election.
Military and overseas voting
For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
Iowa is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins as soon as ballots are made available and ends on the day prior to Election Day. If polls open at noon, then early voting would occur from 8:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. on Election Day as well.
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Elections in Iowa
- Iowa elections, 2016
- Iowa elections, 2015
- Iowa elections, 2014
- Iowa elections, 2013
- Iowa elections, 2012
- University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs - Smart Politics, "Which States Have the Longest and Shortest Election Day Voting Hours?" July 10, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Voter Registration FAQ," accessed January 3, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Voter Registration," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Voter Pre-Registration," accessed January 22, 2015
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Election Day Registration," accessed January 22, 2015
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Election Day FAQ," accessed January 22, 2015
- Iowa Secretary of State, "Find Your Polling Place," accessed January 3, 2014
- Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Absentee Voting by Mail," accessed December 19, 2013
- Iowa Secretary of State Website, "Absentee Voting in Person," accessed December 19, 2013
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