about this state

Iowa! You're too nice to admit this, but you are the election trend-setter! You're like the Anna Wintour of democracy! Well, take those big sunglasses off, Anna, because we’ve got some work to do. Your elections are just around the corner and you need to be as prepared as one can be. Here's everything you need to know so you can set the best trend - voting - for all of us!


Do I have an election this year?

Yes! Even though you don't have statewide elections this year, you have primaries for municipal offices in October and then a general election in November. What's the only thing better than voting once? Voting TWICE (in different elections and completely legally, of course).

Key Dates

Sep 25

Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

Sep 25

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (received by)

Sep 20 – Oct 9

Early Voting

Oct 10

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (received by)

Oct 10

Same Day Voter Registration

Oct 10

Primary Election Day

Iowa Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Yes, on Election Day! But why wait? Do it now. Do it do it do it dooo itdoitdoitdoit: votesaveamerica.com/be-a-voter

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  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Yes, you have to be registered with the party whose primary you want to vote in, but you can switch that any time, including on Election Day when you're casting your ballot.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! As long as you're registered, you can request to have your ballot mailed to you—make sure to request by September 25th.

    You can find out how to request your absentee ballot here.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! In Iowa, this is called in-person absentee, and it's available between September 20th and October 9th.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Yes, you do. An Iowa driver's license, non-operator ID, a U.S. passport, military ID, or veteran's ID will work. If you don't have any of those, don't worry: Iowa will send you a free Voter ID card after you register to vote. All you need to do is sign it and bring it with you when you vote. Get all the details here from VoteRiders.

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  • What if I'm voting on Election Day?

    Double check your polling location now!

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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