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Any person entitled to vote at an election in this state who does not have three consecutive hours in the period between the time of the opening and the time of the closing of the polls during which the person is not required to be present at work for an employer, is entitled to such time off from work time to vote as will in addition to the person's nonworking time total three consecutive hours during the time the polls are open. Application by any employee for such absence shall be made individually and in writing prior to the date of the election, and the employer shall designate the period of time to be taken. The employee is not liable to any penalty nor shall any deduction be made from the person's regular salary or wages on account of such absence.

2015 Important Events Calendar

January 2015 Dates
Governor-Elect,Terry Branstad - Republican, Inauguration DateJanuary 13, 2015 -
August 2015 Dates
Last day to register to vote in September 8th School ElectionAugust 28, 2015
September 2015 Dates
School Election daySeptember 8, 2015
Last day to register to vote in October 6th City Primary ElectionSeptember 25, 2015
October 2015 Dates
City PrimaryOctober 6, 2015
Last day to register to vote in November 3rd City ElectionOctober 23, 2015
November 2015 Dates
Cedar Falls Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Jon Crews - Population(39,260)
November 3, 2015
Bettendorf Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Bob Gallagher - Population(33,217)
November 3, 2015
Marion Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Allen 'Snooks' Bouska - Population(33,452)
November 3, 2015
Des Moines Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: T.M. Franklin Cownie - Population(203,433)
November 3, 2015
Waterloo Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Ernest G. 'Buck' Clark - Population(68,406)
Mayor Clark will not seek re-election.
November 3, 2015
Sioux City Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Bob Scott - Population(82,684)
Mayor Scott will run unopposed.
November 3, 2015
Regular City ElectionNovember 3, 2015
Davenport Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: William E. 'Bill' Gluba - Population(99,685)
November 3, 2015
Last day to register to vote in December 1st City Runoff ElectionNovember 20, 2015
December 2015 Dates
City Runoff ElectionDecember 1, 2015

2016 Important Events Calendar

May 2016 Dates
Last day to register to vote in June 7th Primary ElectionMay 27, 2016
June 2016 Dates
PrimaryJune 7, 2016
October 2016 Dates
Last day to register to vote in November 8rd Primary ElectionOctober 29, 2016
November 2016 Dates
GeneralNovember 8, 2016


You may register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently live. If you register to vote on Election Day, you will be required to show proof of both residency and identity.

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use to Find Your Polling Place. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Iowa: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-9:00 PM

On election day, you will need to go to the polling place for your precinct to vote.

Do I need to take identification with me to the polls?

  • You are encouraged to always bring identification with you when you vote.
  • You may be asked to show identification if:
  •   ==>You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003, and have never voted in a Primary or General election in your county
  •   ==>You have moved from where you are registered to vote
  •   ==>You have moved from where you are registered to vote
  •   ==>Your right to vote has been challenged
  •   ==>The precinct election officials do not know you

If asked to show identification, you may use a current and valid photo ID or any of the following documents if they show your name and current address:

  • Current utility bill (including cell phone bill)
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck or government check
  • Other current government document

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