Voting in Iowa

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This page has information relating to voting in Iowa. For full information contact your state election agency.


Iowa has a mixed primary system. The caucuses are closed, but voters may change registration at polls.[1]

To vote in Iowa, you must meet the following requirements:[2]

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A Iowa resident
  • At least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by Election Day to vote)

In addition, you cannot:

  • Be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
  • Be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court
  • Claim the right to vote in any other place

When and where

The deadline for registration is 10 days prior to the election. You may register by filling out and mailing a form or in person. Registration is allowed on Election Day as well. A proof of ID is required in order to register.[2]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of October 2014, Iowa is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration.

Voting on election day

No photo ID is required to vote.[3]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Iowa, all polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Central Time, one of the longest poll open and close times in the nation.[4]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Iowa. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[5]


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.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

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, unless the polls open at noon, then early voting would occur from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. on election day as well.[6]

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