Iowa Absentee Ballot Guide
- Voter Registration Form: Received 10 days before General and Primary Elections or received 11 days before all other elections (in-person). Postmarked 15 days before Election Day (by mail). You may also register in person on Election Day.
- Absentee Ballot Application: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election
- Voted Absentee Ballot: Postmarked by the day before the election and received by noon on the Tuesday after the election
How to vote by absentee ballot
Register to vote
Recommended: Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.
Verify your voter registration
It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot. If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.
NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.
Make sure you're eligible to vote by absentee ballot
Good news! Any registered Iowa voter can vote by absentee ballot.
Apply for your absentee ballot
You can request an absentee ballot at anytime before the election, but your request must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Ballots are usually printed at least 40 day before the election. If you send in your request prior to that, that county auditor will hold your request until the ballots are ready.
Receive, complete and return your absentee ballot
This one is pretty-straight forward. Vote your ballot, sign where indicated, and mail the ballot back to your County Auditor's office. Your absentee ballot must be postmarked before election day.
|State Election Website:||www.sos.state.ia.us|
|Local Election Officials:||Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions. They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines.|