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2008 General Election: 11/4/08
Polling Place Hours: 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Voter Registration Information
Click here for an Iowa Voter Registration Guide created by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and its pro bono law firm partners.
As of January 1, 2008, voters may register up to, and on election day.
2008 General Election Registration Deadline: 10/25/2008
Identification Required for Registration
The registration form will ask you to provide one of the following:
Registration After the Deadline for Registration
At any time before Election Day, if you appear in person at the commissioner's office or at a satellite absentee voting station after the deadline for registration, you may register to vote and vote an absentee ballot. To do so, you must complete a voter registration application, make a written oath, and provide proof of identity and residence.
You may establish identity and residence by providing one of the following, provided such identification contains your photo and an expiration date:
A current and valid Iowa driver's license or Iowa nonoperator's identification card
An out-of-state driver's license or nonoperator's identification card.
A United States passport.
A United States military identification card.
An identification card issued by an employer.
A student identification card issued by an Iowa high school or an Iowa postsecondary educational institution.
If the photo identification presented does not contain your current address in the precinct, you shall also present one of the following documents that shows your name and address in the precinct:
Property tax statement.
Other government document.
You may establish identity and residency in the precinct by written oath of a person who is registered to vote in the precinct.
Election Day Registration
If you are eligible to register to vote and to vote, you may register on Election Day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which you live and by following the above procedure.
How to Check Registration
Visit the Iowa Secretary of State's Voter Registeration Lookup webpage.
Identification Required to Vote
If you register by mail and have not previously voted in a federal election in the county of registration, you will be required to provide identification documents when voting for the first time in the county unless you provided on the registration form your Iowa driver's license number, or your Iowa nonoperator's identification card number, or the last four numerals of your social security number. If you vote in person at the polls, or by absentee ballot at the commissioner's office or at a satellite voting station, you must provide a current and valid photo identification card, or one of the following current documents that shows your name and address:
Other government document.
If you vote with an absentee ballot by mail, you must provide a photocopy of one of these documents when returning the absentee ballot.
How to Find Your Polling Place
Visit the Iowa Secretary of State's Polling Place Search tool online.
Contact your County Audtor
Click here to visit GoVoteAbsentee.org, a resource for absentee voters.
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot at any election:
When, during the time the polls are open on Election Day, the voter expects to be absent from the precinct in which he/she is a registered voter.
When, through illness or physical disability, the voter expects to be prevented from going to the polls and voting on Election Day.
When the voter expects to be unable to go to the polls and vote on Election Day.
Download the Absentee Ballot Application here.
Rules and Deadlines:
Voters requesting absentee ballots by mail may submit a request at anytime before an election but must do so by 5 p.m. the Friday before the election. (2008 General Election Deadline: 5 p.m. on 10/31/2008.)
On Election Day, voters who have been issued an absentee ballot but have not yet returned their absentee ballot to their county auditor have the following options:
- The voter may deliver the ballot to the county auditor's office before the polls close on Election Day.
- The voter can "surrender" the absentee ballot at the polling place for the precinct in which the voter is registered to vote. The voter will then be allowed to vote a regular ballot at the polling place.
If a voter cannot "surrender" the absentee ballot at the polling place, the voter will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot.
If returned by mail, the ballot must be clearly postmarked by the day before the election by an officially authorized postal service and received by the county auditor's office no later than noon on the Monday following the election.