In Person: 10 days before Election Day. If you miss the deadline, you can also register to vote in-person during early vote or on Election Day.
By Mail: Postmarked 15 days before Election Day or received 10 days before Election Day.
Online: 10 days before Election Day.
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:
be a citizen of the United States
be a resident of Iowa
be at least 17 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
not have been convicted of a felony (or have had your rights restored)
not currently be judged by a court to be "incompetent to vote"
not claim the right to vote in more than one place
Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
Sign and date where indicated.
Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.
Iowa early voting
29 days before the election (in-person absentee voting).
The day before the election (in-person absentee voting).
Iowa voter ID
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:
Your valid Iowa Driver's License or non-operator ID
Your US passport
Your Military ID
Your Veterans ID
Your Voter ID Card
Tribal ID Card/Document
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:
A copy of a current photo ID showing your name and photograph
A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
Local Election Office: This is the government office responsible for running elections in your region. Theses are the best people to contact if you have any questions at all about voting in your state.