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VOTING DEADLINES: Important Dates to Get On Your Calendar

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Thursday, September 29 - Absentee Ballots Ready.
Absentee ballots are available for in-person voting at county auditors offices, and will be mailed to those who request one to be mailed to their home.  This date marks the beginning of "early voting" in Iowa.

Monday, October 24 - Worry-Free Postmark Date.
If you decide to vote by mail, you should try to get your completed ballot mailed by this date. Absentee ballots that are mailed by this date will have enough time to be delivered before Election Day, and be counted.  While you have until November 7 to get these in the mail, you don't want to wait.  Some post offices do not postmark ballots, so auditors have no way of knowing if ballots coming in on or after Election Day were mailed on time.  Moral of the story - plan ahead and give yourself enough time to make sure it's in the mail early.

Saturday, October 29 - Voter Pre-Registration Deadline.
Iowans can register to vote at the polls, but that takes time and you have to remember to bring proof of identity and proof of where you live.  If you don't have those, you have to find a registered voter in your precinct that is willing to vouch for you.  You can avoid the hassle by pre-registering to vote.  You have until 5 p.m. on this date to pre-register.  

Friday, November 4 - Absentee Ballot by Mail Request Deadline.
If you wish to vote by mail, you have until 5 p.m. on this date to request an absentee ballot be mailed to you. Again, do not wait until this date if you think that getting to the polls on Election Day will be tough.  This leaves only three days for the auditor to send you the ballot, the post office to process and deliver it, and you tp complete it and mail it back.  

Saturday, November 5 - County Auditors’ Offices Open.
If you have trouble getting to your auditor's office during the work day, Iowa law requires each county auditor's office be open for at least 8 hours on the Saturday before the election.  Auditor staff will be available to assist you with questions, and will continue to offer in-person absentee ballot voting.

Monday, November 7 – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline.
This is the last day to request and vote an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor’s office.

Tuesday, November 8 – ELECTION DAY!
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. You must vote at your correct polling location.  If you have not yet mailed your absentee ballot, you can deliver it to the county auditor until 9 p.m.