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Abbreviation: 
IA

Iowa ID Needed for Voting

Beginning January 1, 2018, all voters will be asked to show their ID before voting at the polls. If you do not have any of the below forms of ID you will be asked to sign an oath verifying your identity and will then be allowed to vote a regular ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

Iowa ID Needed for Voter Registration

To register to vote in Iowa, you must provide an Iowa driver's license number or your social security number if you have one. There is a box for your to check on the voter registration form if you have neither of those numbers.

If you are registering to vote for the first time at the polls on Election Day, or after a recent move, you must prove both who you are and where you live. You can use any of these forms of ID as long as they are current, valid and contain an expiration date:

Iowa Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Iowa:

  • You must be registered to vote in Iowa
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation required
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Must be a resident of the county
  • You must complete required training
  • High school junior and senior students may work if they meet certain statutory requirements

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Iowa Verify Registration Status

To verify your voter registration status, please click here or contact your elections office or board of elections for your county, city or state.

Iowa Early Voting

In-person Absentee Voting is available in Iowa beginning 40 days before an election. Voting takes place in the county auditor's office.

You may vote absentee in-person until the day before Election Day, unless polling places open at noon on Election Day. In that case, you may vote absentee in-person from 8am-11am on Election Day.

Iowa Registration Deadline

Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!

You may register in person on Election Day! Be sure to bring the correct voter ID to the polls in order to successfully register at the polls.

Iowa Candidate and Ballot Information

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

The Ames/Storey County Candidate Guide will go live on September 20, 2016 for the Tuesday, November 8, 2016 General Election.

Iowa Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Iowa, you must be:

  • A citizen of the United States
  • A resident of Iowa
  • At least 18 years old on Election Day
    NOTE: If you are 17½ years old, you may register to vote, but your registration will not be effective until your 18th birthday
  • Not convicted of a felony (and if you have, you must have had your voting rights restored)
  • Not currently been judged by a court as incompetent to vote
  • Not voting in any other place

Iowa Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Iowa are optical scan and Hand counted paper ballots.

Iowa Provisional Voting

If your name is not on the list of registered voters, you may register to vote at the polls on Election day and vote a regular ballot.

If you do not have the proper forms of ID to register on Election Day, or if someone challenges your right to vote on Election day, you may cast a provisional ballot.

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