Absentee voting in Iowa, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Any registered voter in Iowa may request an absentee ballot through their county auditor.
- Download an absentee ballot request form
- *Signed and completed absentee ballot request
- forms must be delivered to your county auditor.
- Learn how to request an absentee ballot by mail
- Track Your Absentee Ballot
- Vote an absentee ballot in person
- Information for Military Voters
- Find information for Overseas Civilian Voters
- Find out more information on satellite absentee voting
- Know the requirements for absentee voting at health care facilities
- Find answers to frequently asked questions
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in Iowa allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
You may cast an absentee ballot in person at your county auditor's office before any election. You must vote your absentee ballot at the auditor's office. You cannot take the ballot home with you.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in Iowa on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.