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Iowa Voting Guide

Find answers to your questions about voting in FindLaw's Iowa Voter Guide. On this page you will find information about voter eligibility, voter registration, required voter identification, and registration deadlines. You will also find links to help you locate your polling place and information about how to vote in person or by absentee ballot, as well as special accommodations for Iowa voters with disabilities.

Am I eligible to vote in Iowa?

In Iowa, you are eligible to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident and at least 18 years of age.

You CANNOT register and vote if you have been judged mentally incompetent to do so in a court, or if you have ever been convicted of a felony crime.

Iowa's state constitution permanently bars people convicted of felony offenses from voting or holding public office. An amendment to the constitution has been proposed to allow former offenders to regain voting rights. Until that passes, the Governor's Office has issued Executive Order No. 7, which restores voting rights for most Iowans convicted of felonies. Learn more about Executive Order No. 7 and voting rights restoration.


Where Do I Vote?

Find your polling location. For special elections, check with your county auditor as there may be fewer polling locations.

Polling places are open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Election Day for general and primary elections. For city and school board elections, polling places are open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m.

How to Register in Iowa

There are several ways to register to vote in Iowa. This includes registering:

Voter ID Card

Get a free Iowa Voter ID card If you do not have a valid driver's license or a non-operator's ID. Register at your county auditor's office.


Register at the Iowa Department of Transportation website if you already have an Iowa driver's license or ID. If not, you need to get one first.


Iowa military members and citizens living overseas can register and vote by absentee ballot. Get your application through the FVAP.

By Mail

Print out this form, complete it, and mail it to your county auditor's office. You must have a driver's license or ID from the state of Iowa.

Iowa Voting Resources

Your vote counts. Take the time to learn how and when to vote.


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