Iowa Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 27th (by mail)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Iowa Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? No
Student ID accepted? Yes


What forms of ID are acceptable?

You may be asked to show identification if:

  • You  have registered to vote after January 1, 2003 and have never voted in a Primary or General election in your county
  • Your right to vote has been challenged
  • The precinct election officials do not know you
  • You have moved from where you are registered to vote
  • You are registering to vote on election day

If asked to show identification, you may use  any of the following IDs or documents if they show your name and current address:

  • Iowa driver’s licence
  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • ID card issued by employer
  • Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college
  • Residential lease
  • Current utility bill (including cell phone bill)
  • Current bank statement
  • Current paycheck or government check
  • Other current government document

Iowa Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Iowa but moved to another state for school, and who wish to establish or keep their Iowa voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. Iowa law expressly allows students who consider themselves residents of Iowa as well as another place (such as their parent’s home) to choose either location for voter registration and voting purposes.

Iowa Ex-Offender Voter Info

Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. In addition to completing all terms of their sentence, ex-offenders must also pay all outstanding monetary obligations to the court. Once this is complete, individuals convicted of a felony can apply to have their voting rights restored—which can only be done through the governor or the president of the United States.