Iowa offers online voter registration. You can register by mail to vote in Iowa by printing a voter registration form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Who can vote
To register in Iowa you must:
- be a citizen of the United States be a resident of Iowa
- be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 years old to vote)
- not be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
- not currently be judged by a court to be "incompetent to vote"
- not claim the right to vote in more than one place
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Online voter registration
- Iowa offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need an Iowa driver's license or ID card to use Iowa's online voter registration system. If you don't have an Iowa-issued ID, you can still register by mail to vote.
By-mail voter registration
Use the Iowa voter registration form
You can register to vote using the Iowa voter registration form. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and fill it out completely. Send the completed form to your local election office.
Use the National Voter Registration Form
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Your ID number is your Iowa driver's license number (or Iowa non-operator's identification number) if you have one, if not then the last four digits of your Social Security number. The ID number you provide will be verified with the Iowa Department of Transportation or the Social Security Administration.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: Iowa requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in. If you choose not to register with a party, Iowa allows you to declare a party affiliation at the polls on election day.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank. This information is not required.
- Review the "Who can vote?" section above and check that you're eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election office
- If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes: A current and valid photo identification or A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address. More information here.
In-person voter registration
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person registration and voting.
- You can also register to vote in person. Contact your local election office for information on when and where to register to vote.
- You can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person on Election Day.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for Iowa or contacting your local election office.
Election Day registration
Iowa does offer registration on Election Day.
Get step-by-step help
If you’d like more help planning how to register, TurboVote can walk you through the process! They can also help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, send you election reminders, and more.
Military and overseas voters
Active-duty military, their families, and overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. .
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.The Federal Voting Assistance Program
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