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Iowans who are registered to vote can ask their county auditors to vote by mail.  To do that, you will need to fill out the official "absentee ballot request form." Because of COVID-19, our state's top election official (Secretary of State) has mailed out these request forms to every registered voter in Iowa.  Look for your now in the mail.

Remember, this is not your ballot, just your request for a mail-in ballot.  This will allow you to vote from home - instead of going to your community polling location on election day.   Ballots will be mailed out starting October 5 - one month ahead of Election Day.  

It is important that if you fill out a request to vote by mail that all your information is correct, readable, and that you sign the form.   If you need any help, or didn't get a request form, please reach out to your county auditor, Secretary of State, or Iowans with Disabilities in Action at 866-432-2846.

Put these dates on your calendar or on a note on your refridgerator:

  • October 5:  Early voting & voting by mail begins (watch for your ballot if you asked to vote by mail).
  • October 24:  Requests to vote by mail must be received by your county auditor (accepted until 5 p.m.) 
  • November 2:  Mail-in Ballots must be postmarked on this date or earlier (but don't risk it - mail it back ASAP)
  • November 3:  Election Day!  (polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.)

Not Registered to Vote?  You have until October 24 to pre-register to vote, otherwise you'll have to show proof of identity and where you live in order to register at the polls.  You can register AND request to vote by mail at the same time in your county auditor's office.

Check out this great Opinion piece in the Des Moines Register on voting by mail by Iowa's Attorney General Tom Miller!