Covid-19 has changed the way our world operates, but we cannot let it suppress our turnout in this primary election. To ensure your vote is counted in the 2020 Primary Election on June 2nd, follow these steps:
1. Register to Vote
In order to vote in Iowa's elections, you must be a registered voter.
This form must be turned into your local County Auditor. Find the address of your County Auditor here.
In order to qualify to register, you must be: a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident, at least 17 years old. A person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before election day. In the case of primary elections, a person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before the corresponding general election.
2. Request an Absentee Ballot
Every voter has the option to vote absentee by mail or in-person. Due to Covid-19, the Iowa Secretary of State has mailed all registered voters an Absentee Ballot Request Form. If you did not receive an Absentee Ballot Request Form for any reason, click here to download the form.
This form must be turned into your local County Auditor no later than May 22 by 5:00 PM. Find the address of your County Auditor here.
3. Receiving and Completing Your Absentee Ballot
Absentee Ballots will begin to be mailed on April 23rd.
To complete your ballot, follow the instructions included upon receiving your ballot.
To return your ballot, place it in the postage-paid return envelope supplied to you by the County Auditor. It is important you use the postage-paid return envelope.
You can return your ballot by:
- Mailing your ballot so that it is postmarked by June 1st.
- Hand deliver your ballot to your local County Auditor during business hours or any time up until 9 p.m. on Election Day, June 2nd.
Or, you can surrender your absentee ballot at your precinct polling place on Election Day and vote in-person.
- If you cannot surrender your ballot, you will be asked to vote by a provisional ballot.
Absentee Ballots cannot be delivered to polling places.
4. Voting In-Person
If you choose to vote in-person, you can find your polling place here.
Keep in mind, due to Covid-19 mitigation strategies, voters who wish to participate in Iowa’s June 2, 2020 Primary Election are encouraged to vote absentee. The number of polling places in your county may be reduced.