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Iowa voter registration guide

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Iowa voter registration deadlines

  • Register to vote (online): Received by October 24, 2020
  • Register to vote (by mail): Received by October 24, 2020
  • Register to vote (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Check your Iowa voter registration status

  • If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Iowa registration using the Iowa voter registration lookup tool.
  • If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.

Iowa voter registration rules

To register in Iowa you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Iowa
  • be 18 years old by Election day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the General Election
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, have had your rights restored. In most cases, your voting rights are restored automatically when you complete your sentence. More information on restoring your rights can be found here:
  • not currently be judged by a court to be “incompetent to vote"
  • not claim the right to vote in more than one place

Register to vote online in Iowa

  • You must include your Iowa driver's license number or Iowa state ID number and the last 5 digits of your social security number with your online voter registration application.
  • Visit the Iowa online voter registration tool.
  • Fill out all the required fields.
  • You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
  • You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your Local Election Office.
  • The deadline to register to vote online is received by October 24, 2020.

Register to vote by mail in Iowa

  1. Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
  2. Box 6 - ID Number: Your ID number is your Iowa driver's license number (or Iowa non-driver identification number) if you have one, if not then the last four digits of your social security number.
  3. Box 7 - Choice of Party: You may register with a party in advance if you want to take part in that party’s primary election. You may change or declare a party affiliation at the polls on primary election day.
  4. Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
  5. Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
  6. Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your Local Election Office.
  7. Your voter registration form must be received by October 24, 2020

Register to vote in person in Iowa

  1. Contact your Local Election Office to find where to register to vote in person.
  2. Bring your Iowa driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name and signature, and ONE document that shows your name and current address. Acceptable documents include a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address. If you can not do either of these options, another registered voter may sign a form confirming your identity.

Local Election Office

Contact your Local Election Office if you have questions about Iowa voter registration.

Statewide election office

This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Iowa elections. You can contact them with questions, but your Local Election Office will probably respond faster.

Elections Division  
Office of the Secretary of State  
Lucas Building‐1st Floor  
321 E. 12th Street  
Des Moines, IA 50319