|Voting and Elections|
If you have any questions about voting, please feel free to contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-888-SOS-VOTE, TDD 1-515-281-5781, or visit http://www.sos.state.ia.us.
You may register to vote in Iowa if you are eighteen years of age or you are six months shy of your eighteenth birthday. You may register to vote by personally submitting a completed voter registration form to the commissioner of registration or a deputy commissioner in your county. If you are six months shy of your eighteenth birthday then the registration official will maintain your registration until you reach the age of eighteen. The commissioner of registration designates registration places throughout your city and county. Check with your local county clerk, auditor, or board of supervisor’s to find out where you should register. Prior to an election there should be a registration place at the county courthouse. Registration officials may also visit your high school or university. Within five days after you register, you should receive a receipt of registration in the mail.
The registration form will ask you to complete the following information
You must vote in the precinct where you live. A list of precinct polling places and a sample ballot are printed in local newspapers before each election. You can call your county auditor to find out when the list of precinct polling places and sample ballots will be printed. Your county auditor can tell you where you go to vote.
Any registered voter may, subject to the provisions below, vote absentee at any election by applying to your commissioner for an absentee ballot. Iowa's provisions that allow you to vote absentee are these:
Please keep in mind that if you apply for an absentee ballot you must return it and cast your vote in the manner provided. If you willfully refuse or neglect to return your ballot you will have committed a simple misdemeanor.
Powers of Attorney
A person who has been designated to have power of attorney by a registered voter does not have the authority to request or to cast an absentee ballot on behalf of the registered voter.