Iowa Stamp Image

Iowa

Population

3,155,070

Voting-Age Pop.

2,312,666

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 42 %
Trump 52 %
Chevron Icon

Important Dates

Ballot Box Image

Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 24, 2020

Mail Icon

USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com

Info Icon Key Election Information

  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    Yes
  • ID Required
    Yes

Mail Outline Icon Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Vote By Mail Image

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Registered voters may request an absentee ballot to be sent to them by mail.

Data source - sos.iowa.gov

Track your absentee/mail-in ballot Chevron Icon

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot? Chevron Icon

  • No, residents of Iowa must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Iowa must register for an absentee ballot for the general election.

Application must be received by: Oct 24, 5pm Chevron Icon

  • A written application for a mailed absentee ballot must be received by the voter's county auditor no later than 5pm 10 days before a general election.

Application must be received by: Oct 24, 5pm

A written application for a mailed absentee ballot must be received by the voter's county auditor no later than 5pm 10 days before a general election.

When will I receive my ballot? Chevron Icon

  • Oct 5: For general elections, absentee ballots will be available no earlier than 29 days at the county auditors' offices.

When will I receive my ballot?

Oct 5: For general elections, absentee ballots will be available no earlier than 29 days at the county auditors' offices.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot Chevron Icon

  • In person: Received by county auditor Nov 3, by close of polls.

    Mail: Postmarked by Nov 2; received by mail on Nov 9, 12pm.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot

In person: Received by county auditor Nov 3, by close of polls.

Mail: Postmarked by Nov 2; received by mail on Nov 9, 12pm.

Excuse Icon No excuse required Chevron Icon

  • You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.

Excuse Icon No excuse required

You do not need to provide a reason/excuse to vote absentee.


Checklist Icon Election Rules & Requirements

Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Iowa offers in-person absentee voting. You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor's office before any election. You must vote your absentee ballot at the auditor's office. You cannot take the ballot home with you. For primary and general elections, absentee ballots will be available no earlier than 29 days (Oct 5) before the election at the county auditors' offices.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

Yes

You may register and vote on Election Day by going to the correct polling place for your current address.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

A voter without one of the listed forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents. Voters without the necessary ID or an attester will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide ID up until the time of the county canvass of votes (Monday after Election Day for primary and general elections).


Voter ID Image

Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - sos.iowa.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

Federal Chevron Icon

  • US Passport

  • US Military ID or Veteran’s ID

State Chevron Icon

  • Iowa Driver’s License or Non-operator ID

  • Iowa Voter ID Card

Star Icon Other Chevron Icon

  • Tribal ID/Document