To register to vote in Iowa, you must be qualified. Qualified voters in Iowa are:

  • Citizens of the United States
  • Residents of Iowa
  • At least 17 - 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by Election Day to vote. This includes the primary election.)

Qualified voters in Iowa are not:

  • Convicted felons (unless the felon's voting rights have been restored by the president or governor)
  • Currently judged incompetent to vote by a court
  • Claiming the right to vote in any other place

Please note: Iowa offers Election Day registration. If you were not able to pre-register to vote, you can register and vote on Election Day. To do so, you must go to the correct polling place for your current address on Election Day. You will need to show proper identification.

To register on Election Day, you must prove both who you are and where you live. The best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it. For more information on Election Day registration, visit the Iowa Secretary of State site.

To check your voter registration status, visit the Iowa Secretary of State site.

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