1. Register:

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.


2. Vote!

  • Absentee: If you want to request an absentee ballot, you can print out the form or fill out one that has been mailed to you. Return the request form to the auditor's office by October 24th to ensure you receive an absentee 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): Every weekdays Oct. 5 to Nov. 2, 8am to 4:30pm, the county auditor's office will be open to allow in-person early voting. The office will also be open on two Saturdays, Oct. 24 & 31.  On some select days, satellite locations in Ames are open from 9am-4pm.


  • 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. Curbside voting is also available as an option for those unable to enter the building.


3. Track your Absentee Ballot:

You can track your ballot on the Secretary of State's website.


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