More information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterregistration.html
To use the online voter registration system you must have a current and valid Iowa driver’s license or non-operator identification card issued by the Iowa Department of Transportaion.
Online registration form: https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/VoterRegistration
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party
You may choose a political party affiliation when you register. You are required to be registered with a political party to participate in its caucus or primary. Affiliation can be changed through updating registration information at local auditor's office and on the day these events are held.
To update registration after a move, name change, or to change political party affiliation, use either the print or online voter registration form.
For more information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/updatereg.html
The county auditor office maintains local voter rolls. To remove someone from a voter roll, contact the your county auditor.
County Auditor/Commisioner of Elections can be located at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html
For online voter registration, an Iowa driver's license or non-operator's ID is required.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration, but you are asked to provide one of the following ID numbers:
A form of photo ID and a proof of address is required for election day registration. One document that includes both a photo ID and a current address, such as an Iowa driver's license, may be used for both ID and address requirements.
If you do not have a current Iowa driver's license or it does not contain your current address, the following documentation is required.
Proof of ID:
Proof of Residence:
If you cannot meet any of the above requirements, a registered voter from your precinct can act as an attester for both who you are and where you reside. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath.
More information on Election Day Registration is available at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/edr.html.
Voters in Iowa are required to provide ID at the polls. Acceptable ID includes:
Voters without acceptable ID or an attester on election day will be offered a provisional ballot and can provide the needed ID up until the county canvas of votes.
More information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/voterIDfaq.html
Iowa Department of Transportation
Obtaining a Driver’s License or non-operator ID
More information on military voting is available at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava/returnballot.html. For more information on voting outside the U.S. go to https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/uocava/overseascivilian/voterreg.html.
Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through the local county auditor.
Request for for absentee ballot: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:
Where to get more inforomation on candidates:
Along with checking local media and party resources, the League of Women voters includes information provided by candidates at http://onyourballot.vote411.org
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Treasurer of State, Auditor of State, Attorney General, and Secretary of Agriculture (elected every four years; next election in 2022)
State Senator (elected every four years; next election 2020)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
Iowa Supreme Court (elected every 8 years; next election 2020)
Other judges (elected every 6 years; next election 2020)
|Municipal (City offices odd years; County offices even years)||
School Board and other boards and commissions
County officers (4 years)
City officers (2 or 4 years)
Township officers (4 years)
Non-partisan offices (4 years)
Hospital Trustees (4 years)
Local ballot measures
Caucuses are held on February 3, 2020
Primary Election day is June 2, 2020
Election Day is November 3, 2020
Dates for special elections can be held on any Tuesday except the four Tuesdays before and after the General and Primary elections. County Auditors are generally required to post dates 46 days prior to election. Approved special elections dates for 2020 are available at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/specelectioncal.html
Iowa does not have a Voter Bill of Rights. Rights of suffrage for electors is included in Article II of the Constitution of the State of Iowa. These rights have been codified and legislature has amended them.
The Secretary of State serves as the State Commissioner of Elections. To report questionable activity related to elections or the voting process, there is a Voter Hotline (1-888-SOS-VOTE) and a online submission form (https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterhotline/index.aspx).
The Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board (https://ethics.iowa.gov) maintains a database (https://webapp.iecdb.iowa.gov/PublicView/Intro.aspx) that provides access to a variety of state and local campaign data, including candidate's election committee and Political Action Committee campaign finance filings.
Find your federally elected officials: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/
Find your elected state officials: https://www.legis.iowa.gov/legislators/find
For local and county elected officials, local county auditor/commissioner of elections office should maintain this information: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
Librarians from the Government Documents Round Table (GODORT), a Round Table of the American Library Association (ALA), created these reference guides. These guides are intended for informational purposes only and are not in any way intended to be legal advice.
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