2020 General Election
You can register to vote online if you have a driver's license or non-operator's license. You can also print a registration form and mail it to the county auditor. You can also register to vote at the polls on election day, but pre-registering typically helps the voting process run more smoothly.
- Absentee: If you want to request an absentee ballot, you can print out the form. Return the request form to the auditor's office by October 24th to ensure you receive a ballot. Ballots will be sent out as early as October 5th, and must be postmarked by November 2 (the day before the election) and received prior to noon on November 9.
- Early Voting (in-person): From Oct. 5 to Nov. 2, 8am to 5pm, you can vote in-person at the county auditor's office. Two Saturdays are also available: Oct. 24 & Oct 31.
- Election Day voting (in-person): If you prefer to vote in person on election day, you can find your precinct poll location here. Polls are open from 7am-9pm on November 3, 2020.
3. Track your Absentee Ballot:
You can track your ballot on the Secretary of State's website.
- Sample Ballots (find your precinct here)
- About Absentee Voting, from Secretary Pate's office
- Frequently Asked Questions about Voter ID
- Satellite Voting Locations & Hours
Poll Workers & Poll Watchers
This election cycle, Secretary of State Paul Pate is asking for young men and women to be poll workers. This position can start as early as 6am and run until 10pm on Tuesday, November 3. However, it's important that Iowans have the opportunity to vote in person. Poll workers are paid.
In addition, the GOP asks for poll watchers to ensure the election is run fairly and no illegal votes are cast nor legal votes excluded. This position, while not paid, is offered in shifts. You can sign up on DefendYourBallot.com.