IOWA

Requirements to vote:

  • 18 years old on or before Election Day.

  • US citizen.

  • Resident of Iowa.

  • If you are a convicted felon, your voting rights must have been restored.

  • Must not be judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court.

  • Must not have claimed the right to vote in any other place.


How do I register?

  • In the state of Iowa, you can register to vote online, via mail, or in person.

  • To register online, go to https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fVoterRegistration. If you are registering to vote for the first time, you must provide a photocopy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms include a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport), a current utility bill, a current bank statement, or another government document containing your residential address.

    • The deadline to register online is 10 days before Election Day.

  • To register via mail, fill out a voter registration form at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf and mail it to your country clerk. If you are registering to vote for the first time, you must provide a photocopy of a valid ID. Acceptable forms include a valid photo ID (driver’s license or passport), a current utility bill, a current bank statement, or another government document containing your residential address.

    • Your form must be postmarked 15 days before Election Day.

  • To register to vote in person, contact or visit your county clerk’s office. You will also have the opportunity to register to vote or update your address at your DMV when you register your car, get a driver’s license, or renew your registration/license.

    • The deadline to register online is 10 days before Election Day.

  • You can also register at the polls on Election Day if you miss the deadlines.

  • You do not have to declare a party affiliation, but if you would like to vote in the primary election, you can only vote on one ballot.

  • If you have legally changed your name or moved to a new address, you must notify your town or city clerk immediately so that they can update your file. You can also update your registration at https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=%2fVoterRegistration


Can I pre-register?

  • You can pre-register to vote if you are 17.5 years old and will be 18 by the election.

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