Iowa

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


Yes, Iowa will automatically mail an application to every registered voter. Make sure to look for it, complete it, and send it back as soon as it arrives. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx




Application form link:


The state will automatically mail an absentee ballot application to every registered voter. But you don't have to wait. You may apply now. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf




Where should I send my completed application?


Voters may mail or hand deliver completed applications to their local election office. Some offices are currenlty closed to the public, so it's a good idea to call first. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html




When is the application due?


Technically, applications must be received by October 24, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you send it immediately and no later than the middle of October. New voters must register by October 24, 2020




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by November 2, 2020 and received no later than noon on November 9, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


There are drop boxes at the County Clerk's Offices and near some Sheriff's Stations. Availability and locations vary by county. If you haven't submitted your absentee ballot by election day, you may surrender it at a polling location and vote in person. You may not drop your absentee ballot at a polling location.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


October 5 - November 2, 2020




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html





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