As always, it's best to double check with your state for any recent changes to election rules: Iowa Election Website
COVID-19 info for Iowa
- Mass Gathering Recommendations for COVID-19, Iowa Department of Public Health, March 12, 2020
If you have missed the voter registration deadline, you can still register to vote and a cast a ballot at the same time during early voting or on Election Day. Simply go to your regular polling place or early voting site to register and vote. You should bring valid photo ID and, if the ID does not list your current address, also proof of residence. Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions.
To register in Iowa you must:
Any registered Iowa voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.
20 days before the election (in-person absentee voting).
If you are voting in person in Iowa, you will be required to show a valid form of ID before voting at the polls.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
A voter without one of the listed forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using Election Day Registration documents.
If you've voted in Iowa before or provided ID at the time of registration or on your absentee request form, you don't need to provide ID to vote by absentee.
If you're a first time Iowa voter who registered by mail and you didn't provide ID when you registered or applied for your ballot, you'll need to provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID along with your absentee ballot: