Absentee

You are allowed to hand deliver your ballot to the Auditor’s office up until the time the polls close on Election Day. If you return your ballot through the mail your ballot must be postmarked by the day before the election.

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Yes! Your absentee ballot cannot be counted unless you have signed the affidavit envelope that you return your ballot in. If we receive a ballot back that has not been signed we will attempt to contact to you to get this fixed.

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Yes. There is a myth that absentee ballots only get counted if the election is close, however this is not true. Under Iowa law every ballot must be counted; in fact, absentee ballots are the first vote results reported on election night.

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Yes. You may permit anyone to return your absentee ballot for you. You may also request a receipt from the person returning your ballot.

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No.
 Under Iowa law, power of attorney does not apply for all election related matters.

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Yes. You may request an absentee ballot via email or fax and a ballot will be mailed to you. However, in order for your ballot to be counted you must also mail in or drop off the original paper ballot request.

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No.
 In Iowa you can only request an absentee ballot for yourself.

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Election Day


If a voter’s eligibility is in question on Election Day they are allowed to cast a provisional ballot. After the voter marks their ballot and returns it to the poll worker, the voter is required to provide the necessary identification or documentation to the Auditor’s office. If it is determined that you do have the right to vote in the precinct in which you voted your ballot will then be counted and included in the final vote total.

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So long as you are in line to vote at the time the polls close you will be allowed to vote.

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Starting in 2019, if you do not have you ID with you, you may either cast  a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identity.

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Starting in January of 2019 you will be required to show identification. If you need to register to vote on Election Day, you must bring proof of identification and proof of residency.

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Yes.
 When you go to vote, a poll worker will verify with the auditor’s office that your absentee ballot has not been returned. If it is confirmed that the auditor’s office has not received a ballot from you then you will be given a new ballot to vote there.

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Yes. If you are unable to go inside the polling place a team of election workers will be sent out to your car to help you vote.

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Yes. While it is recommended that you update your information prior to Election Day to speed things up at the polls, you may wait and do so on Election Day. If you are updating your address just make sure you are going to the polling place for your new address. When updating your address you will now need to provide proof of identity and proof of residency.

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Beginning January 1, 2019, Iowa voters will be required to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, military ID, veterans ID, Tribal ID or Voter ID Card at the polls before they vote. Voters, starting in 2019, without an ID may cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identity.

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Yes. 
If you have not returned your absentee ballot you may go to your polling place on Election Day and vote a regular ballot.

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Yes.
 Iowa law allows for Election Day registration if you are able to provide proof of identification (i.e. valid photo ID) and proof of residency (i.e. utility bill with your name on it if your ID has an outdated address on it). If you are unable to provide one or both of these you are allowed to bring someone with you to attest that you have the right to vote.

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Yes.
 If you need assistance filling out your ballot ask a poll worker for help. A team of one republican and one democrat will come over and help you mark your ballot. Also available in each polling location is a ballot marking device that will read you all of the choices and then print out your marked ballot.

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General Information

Where you vote is determined by where you live and you must vote in the precinct to which you are assigned for your ballot to be counted. To find your polling place please visit the Polling Places page on this website.


Starting in 2019, voters must provide an ID when going to vote. Voters who do not have ID will be allowed to either cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identification. There are 6 approved types of identification that may be used:

  • an Iowa Driver’s License or Non-Operator ID
  • a Voter ID issued by the Secretary of State or the Auditor’s Office
  • a current US Passport
  • a US Military ID
  • a US Veteran’s ID
  • a Tribal ID


Registered voters who do not have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID were issued a voter ID card. Voter ID cards must be signed before going to the polls. The new voter ID card will contain a PIN number that will be used for voting purposes. If you should have a voter ID card and do not, please contact our office to have one sent to you.


Depends on the election.
 In primary elections you can only vote for candidates from the party to which you belong. In general elections you are free to vote for anyone you like, regardless of their party affiliation.

No. If you have already retuned your absentee ballot to the Auditor’s office you may not request a new ballot if you have changed your mind on who you wish to vote for.

No. You can vote for as much or as little as you would like; it’s all up to you!

No. If you have already retuned your absentee ballot to the Auditor’s office you may not request a new ballot if you have changed your mind on who you wish to vote for.


No.
 You can vote for as much or as little as you would like; it’s all up to you!

Yes. For each race on the ballot a line is provided for you to write-in the name of someone for whom you wish to vote for.

Yes. If you make a mistake on an absentee ballot mark your return envelope “Spoiled” and return it to the Auditor’s office either by mail or in person. If you return it by mail contact the Auditor’s office to be sent a new one.

On Election Day if you make a mistake on your ballot, return it to the poll worker to receive a new one. You are allowed up to three ballots so don’t make too many mistakes!


Yes and No. In Iowa you must be a member of a political party (in 2020: Republican and Democrat) to vote in a primary election. However, anyone can change parties on Election Day and vote. For independents to vote they must declare a political party.

Registration

Iowa does not recognize an “independent” party. Instead, “No Party” is used to indicate a lack of affiliation with a political party.

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If you notice a mistake on your voter card please contact the Auditor’s Office and/or submit a new registration form to correct your information.

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If you have moved recently and need to update your address for voting, all you have to do is fill out a new voter registration form and submit it to the Auditor’s office.

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No. You would only need to re-register if your information has changed and you need to update it.

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Those with a prior felony conviction are only permitted to vote if their voting rights have been restored by the Governor. For more information about restoration of rights, contact the Governor’s office or visit the voter registration page on our website.

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No. All updates to voter registration must be made in writing or online through the Iowa DOT if you have an Iowa driver’s license.

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Yes.
 Any eligible voter in Iowa may register to vote. Because many of those who are homeless have a nontraditional address they just need to provide an address or description of where they sleep the most, wherever that may be.

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