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Iowa

In Iowa, elections are overseen by the Iowa Secretary of State.

CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx

FIND YOUR POLLING PLACE:

https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx

REGISTERING TO VOTE IN iowa:

  • Same Day Registration is permitted in Iowa. Information available here. (You’ll need either an ID and proof of address or a locally registered voter who can vouch for you.)

  • You can also register online (with an Iowa driver’s license), by mail, or in person. More general registering info here.

  • Registration deadline October 22, 2018.

  • You must be 17 1/2 years old and turning 18 by Election Day.

PRIMARY RULES:

  • Closed Primaries, sort of. Voters can only vote in the primary of the party with which they’re registered, but voters can change their party affiliation anytime before election day OR even at the polling place on election day.

 

WAYS TO VOTE:

 

Know Before You Go:

  • Iowa’s Voter ID Laws are changing, but for now no ID is required.

    • Before Jan 1st, 2019: Voter ID is technically required but voters may sign an oath in lieu of presenting on.

    • After Jan 1st, 2019: Voter ID will be required. Acceptable forms of ID include: driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, tribal ID or Voter ID Card 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 (generally the Monday after Election Day for Primary and General Elections).

  • Polling Hours: 7:00am - 9:00pm

  • Iowa Elections Hotline: (888) SOS-VOTE or (888) 767-8683