With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Iowa!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

In Iowa, early in-person voting is called "absentee in-person" voting. Here's everything you need to do to partipate in the process:

  • You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor's office before any election.

  • You must vote your absentee ballot at the auditor's office. You cannot take the ballot home with you.

  • For voters who need assistance in marking their ballots, an accessible ballot marking device is available at the county auditor's office.

  • For primary and general elections, absentee ballots will be available no earlier than 29 days at the county auditors' offices. For all other elections, ballots will be available as soon as they are ready, but not sooner than 29 days before an election.

  • In-person absentee voting is not available on election day at the auditor's office unless the polls open at noon. If the polls open at noon, you may cast an absentee ballot at the county auditor's office from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on election day.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • For the November 3, 2020 election, every active registered voter will receive an absentee ballot application in the mail.
  • Any registered Iowa voter can request an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

What about on election day?

ID requirements

Iowa voters must provide their Iowa driver's license number, state ID number, or the last four digits of their social security number with their voter registration application.

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

To register in Iowa you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Iowa
  • be 18 years old by Election day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • If you have been convicted of a felony, have had your rights restored. In most cases, your voting rights are restored automatically when you complete your sentence. More information on restoring your rights can be found here: https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote
  • not currently be judged by a court to be “incompetent to vote"
  • not claim the right to vote in more than one place

Can I register online?

Iowa voters must include their Iowa driver's license number or state ID number and the last 5 digits of their social security number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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