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IA

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.

Iowa ID Needed for Voting

You may need to show identification at the poll if:

  • You registered to vote by mail after January 1, 2003 and you have never voted in a primary or general election in your county of residence
  • Your registration is inactive
  • You have moved from the address where you are registered to vote
  • Your right to vote is challenged
  • The precinct election officials do not know you

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

Iowa Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Iowa Time off to Vote

If your work schedule doesn't give you three consecutive hours off work while the polls are open, you have the right to take up to three hours off from work to vote.

You must make a written request for time off to vote to your employer before election day. Your employer has the right to specify which hours you get to take off. You cannot be penalized and deductions cannot be made from your regular salary or wages on account of this absence

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Polls are open from 7:00 am to 9:00 pm.

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