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CAST YOUR BALLOTS: The basics of voting in Iowa

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Iowa is one of the few states where you can register in-person on Election Day. If you're planning to register at your polling place, you're required to bring a proof of ID and proof of residency, which can include a residential lease, utility bill, or paycheck.

If you cannot provide the aforementioned documents, another voter in your precinct can attest for you. Both you and the attester will sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

Click here to find your polling place.


The deadlines for registering by mail and online have passed.

In Iowa, you are able to vote through by mail without an excuse.

If you'd like to request an in-mail ballot, you must fill out a request form. All registered voters in Iowa should receive their absentee request form automatically.

Click here to download a request form.

The first day you can vote absentee is Oct. 5. Mail ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 2 and received by Nov. 9. You can also submit an absentee ballot in-person at your county auditor's office.

After you vote by mail, you can track your absentee ballot here.


In August, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds signed an executive order to restore voting rights to convicted felons.

The order restores the right to vote for Iowans who have already completed their felony sentences. It requires Iowans to complete any prison, probation, parole, or special sentence. Individuals who were convicted of felony homicide offenses are excluded from the restoration and must continue to individually apply for restoration.

If you have questions, there Iowa Secretary of State has videos and step by step guides for voters at

There has been some confusion about convicted felons voting. The Secretary of State cleared up the misconceptions here.

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