Upcoming Elections in Iowa

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General
Candidates: Last day to withdraw before the Election: Primary Nominee Withdrawal Deadline –State and Federal. Last day for candidates for state and federal offices who were nominated at the primary election to withdraw. Notice of withdrawalmust be submitted in writing to the SOS. August 11,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Last day to register to vote in November 8th General Election October 29,2016
Last date for the school board to publish polling site locations: Last day to publish notice of election, sample ballot, and polling place changes. The notice of election must include an accessibility notice. November 4,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Request Mail Ballot November 4,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Return by Mail November 7,2016
September 12,2017 - School Election Day
Voter Registration Begins: Voter Pre-Registration Deadline September 1,2017
October 10,2017 - City Primary Election
Voter Registration Begins: Voter Pre-Registration Deadline September 29,2017
November 7,2017 - Regular City Election
Voter Registration Begins: Voter Pre-Registration Deadline October 27,2017
December 5,2017 - City Runoff Election
Voter Registration Begins: Voter Pre-Registration Deadline November 27,2017

Can I Take Time Off For Voting?

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.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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, or
  • Other current government document.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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How can I find my polling location?

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

Am I eligible To Vote in Iowa?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements of your State of residence. Check if you are eligible to vote in Iowa

How/Where Do I Register To Vote in Iowa?

Do you know how or where to register to vote in Iowa? Click here for more information

What's on Iowa ballot in 2016

Do you know what you are voting for in 2016? Click here to see what will be on the statewide and local ballots

Who Can Vote in Primaries in Iowa?

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. Check if you are eligible to vote in Primary Elections in Iowa

Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

Do you know if Iowa if one of the States that allow voters to register at the polls on Election day? Click here for more information

Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in Iowa?

Most States allow voters to vote using an absentee ballot under certain circumstances. Do you know if you are eligible to vote absentee ballot and how to vote absentee ballot in Iowa? Check on the requirements for requesting and returning an absentee ballot

If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting Check if you need to re-register to vote

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