September 15, 2020 Iowa vote by mail guide
Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
Iowa vote by mail deadlines Earliest day to apply: July 6, 2020 Request your mail-in ballot (online): N/A Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 24, 2020 Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 24, 2020 Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 2, 2020 Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020 Iowa vote by mail rules
For the November 3, 2020 election, every active registered voter will receive an
absentee ballot application in the mail. Any registered Iowa voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
Iowa vote by mail ID requirements
Iowa voters must include their Iowa driver's license, state ID Number, or 4 digit voter PIN located on the voter's Iowa voter ID card to
request a ballot. You do not need ID when you
return a voted ballot. Iowa vote by mail directions
In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:
You submit an application to vote by mail Your local election office processes your application Your local election office sends your ballot to you You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline Apply to vote by mail Download the Iowa vote by mail application. Fill out all of the required fields. Print the form. Sign and date your form. This is very important. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your form via email or fax. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 24, 2020 Apply to vote by mail in person Visit your Local Election Office. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application. Fill out all of the required fields. Sign and date your application. The deadline to apply in person is: received by October 24, 2020 How to vote by mail Carefully read and follow the instructions. Fill out all of the required fields. Sign and date the outside envelope. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully. The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed. Questions? Need help?
local elections office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Iowa. Statewide election office
Office of the Secretary of State
Lucas Building‐1st Floor
321 E. 12th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319