Iowa law makes it very easy to vote. The process for registering to vote is quite simple and must be done in the county of residence. Voters then can vote at the polling place in their precinct, file for and submit an absentee ballot, or vote early at their county office. Once registered, a citizen remains on the voter registration list as long as he or she votes at least every four years. Citizens should submit a new voter registration form when they move, even within a county, as their precinct may have changed.

Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

Saturday, October 25, 2014, 5 p.m.

Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot by Mail

Friday, October 31, 2014, 5 p.m.

Election Day

Tuesday, November 4, 2014. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide.


At Secretary of State’s website, you can:

Find out if you are registered to vote

Find your polling place

Learn how to pre-register

Learn how to register on Election Day

Learn how to vote by absentee ballot


For more detailed information on voting, you can also visit the Voting Rights page of the ACLU of Iowa, which offers a summary of voting rights in Iowa and specific information for college students and those voting after a criminal conviction.

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