Election Day Registration

If you are not pre-registered to vote 10 days before a general election, 11 days before all other elections, you can still vote.

On Election Day, go to the polling place for the address where you currently live. There you can register and vote. [ More about Election Day Voting | Precinct & Polling Place Finder ]

You will need to show:

  1. proof of identity and
  2. proof of your current residence

Can I use a valid Iowa driver's license with current address?

  • A valid Iowa driver's license with your current address is the best form of identification accepted as proof of your identity and current residence. If your Iowa driver's license address is not current, continue below.

First, how do I establish proof of identity?

Provide one of the following as proof of identity if it is current, valid and contains your photo and an expiration date:

  • A valid Iowa driver's license or non-operator ID card,
  • A valid out-of-state driver's license or non operator ID card,
  • Non-driver identification card,
  • U.S. passport,
  • U.S. military or veteran's ID,

Second, how do I establish proof of current residence?

To prove your residence, one of the following items may be used if it contains your name and current address:

  • Residential lease,
  • Property tax statement,
  • Utility bill,
  • Bank statement,
  • Paycheck,
  • Government check, or
  • Other government document.

What if I don't have valid identification?

If you do not have proof of identity and residence, another voter registered in your precinct may attest to your identity and residence.  The attester will need to present one of the standard ID cards before attesting.  You will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.  For the provisional ballot to count, you will need to provide valid identification at the Auditor's Office before the final canvass of votes.  In general elections the deadline is 12:00 noon on the Monday after the election.

If you do not have proof of identity and residence and do not have anyone who can attest to your identity and residence, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.

What happens after Election Day?

All voters who registered to vote on Election Day will be sent a notice by mail. If this notice is returned as undeliverable, a forwardable notice will be mailed to the voter. If a response is not received to that notice within 14 days, the county attorney and secretary of state will be notified for investigation and possible prosecution.