Voter Ready:
A Guide on Going to the Polls in Iowa

Ready to Vote 2018: Prepare to vote at the polls.

Be #VoterReady for the Iowa June 5th primary elections. A voting Iowan is an Iowan empowered to influence and create change at the federal, state, and local level, and casting your ballot is as easy as registering, providing proof of identification, and voting.

The first step is registering to vote. You can do this online, through the mail, or at the polls on Election Day.

Second, bring a valid form of identification to the polls.

The last step is just as easy–cast your ballot!

What You Need

Beginning in 2018, precinct officials will ask pre-registered voters to provide one of the following valid forms of identification:

-Iowa driver’s license
-Iowa non-operator ID card
-U.S. passport
-U.S. military ID
-U.S. veteran ID
-Iowa Voter ID PIN card

The Iowa Voter ID PIN card is new in 2018, and is provided automatically by the county auditor to each voter who does not have either an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID. If you have a question about the Iowa Voter Identification Card, contact your county auditor.

During 2018, a voter who is pre-registered in his or her precinct and who does not have a valid form of identification may sign an Oath of Identification to prove identity.


Important Dates

July 9th

Absentee voting begins for UOCAVA voters who will be outside the continental United States.

August 28th

First day for family members of UOCAVA voters to submit proxy absentee ballot request forms.

September 20th

Satellite voting petition deadline. The petition requesting a satellite absentee voting station must be filed no later than 5 pm.

October 8th

First day of absentee voting – ballots may be mailed or voted in the county auditor’s office.

October 27th

Voter pre-registration deadline. This applies to registration in person, by mail and online.

November 5th

Last day to request and cote an absentee ballot in person at the auditor’s office.

November 6th

General Election Day! Polls are open from 7am until 9pm.

Why Should I Vote

Your Vote Influences Government
No matter the result of any given election, lawmakers can see what matters to their constituents based on the number of votes cast.
Americans have fought for the right to vote
Our country's founders and generations of women and men have fought long and hard for the right to vote. Honor their dedication and efforts by exercising this hard-earned privilege.
More voters make democracy better
With every voter, our democracy becomes more representative and better able to serve.

The Polling Process

Ready, Set, VOTE!

Why Should I Vote in a Primary Election?

The purpose of the primary elections is for the political parties to nominate candidates for the November general election. Voting in a primary election is an opportunity to effectively influence that outcome.  By researching candidates and issues at this early stage, voters can better assure their opinions are represented in the November general election.

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