Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Iowa allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Iowa offers absentee voting.
Vote in person
Vote on Election Day
Voters registered in Iowa can look up where to vote on Iowa’s site.
Iowa voters can also vote before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting. The period for absentee in-person voting runs from Monday, October 5, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
What to bring
- Identification: Pre-registered voters are required to provide an approved form of ID before casting a regular ballot. Approved forms of ID for pre-registered voters include an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, US passport, tribal ID card/document, US military or veteran ID, or an Iowa voter ID card.
- If you are registering to vote after the pre-registration deadline or at the polls on election day, you must provide a current and valid photo ID. Approved forms of identification for election day registrants include the items listed above, excluding the Iowa Voter ID Card. Additional acceptable forms of identification are an out-of-state driver’s license or non-operator ID, employer-issued ID, or student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college.
- Proof of residence: If your address has changed or you need to register after the pre-registration deadline or at the polls on election day, you will also be required to provide proof of residence. If your current address is on your current and valid ID, then it may also serve as proof of residence. Proof of residence documents must include the voter’s name and address and be current within 45 days of presentation. These documents, except an ID, may be in electronic format, such as on a cell phone or tablet. Additional approved proof of residence documents are a residential lease, utility bill (including a cell phone bill), bank statement, paycheck, government check or other government document, or a property tax statement (current within 45 days of final payment date).
- Voters without ID: A voter who is unable to provide an approved form of identification (or is unable to prove residence, if required) may 1) have their identity/residence attested to by another registered voter in the precinct, or 2) cast a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until 12:00 p.m. noon on Monday after election day.
Who can vote
To register in Iowa you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Iowa
- be at least 17 (you must be 18 to vote)
- not have been convicted of a felony (or have had your rights restored)
- not currently be judged by a court to be “incompetent to vote”
- not claim the right to vote in more than one place
- *find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote by mail
- Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
- Fill out the application completely.
- Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.