How to Easily Register to Vote in Iowa

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How to Easily Register to Vote in Iowa

If you want to for the first time, update your voter registration information, or cancel your registration, you may wonder where to start.

The best thing about voter registration in Iowa is that although elections take place every year, you don't need to register to vote every year. The only instances when you may need to re-register are when you change your name, move to a different state, change your political party, or haven't voted for four years.

Registering to vote in Iowa can be a long, frustrating process. Luckily, DoNotPay can help you with all things related to voter registration so you can focus on more important things. DoNotPay is an efficient, automated way to register to vote, update voter information, and unregister to vote.

How to Register to Vote in Iowa

There are three ways to : online, by mail, and in person.


Iowa has an online registration platform. You should have an Iowa ID or driving license to register to vote online. If you don't, you should opt for other methods of registration.

By mail

You need to fill out the Iowa voter registration form to register to vote by mail. Please read the form carefully, fill out all required information, and sign it. You can then mail the form to your local election office. If you are registering to vote for the first time, you must show proof of identification.


In-person registration services are available in Iowa. However, they may be limited due to Covid-19. It would be best to contact the election office beforehand to confirm whether they offer in-person registration services. You can also register in person on election day.

The process of registering to vote in Iowa can be long and frustrating. Some people give up and decide not to vote altogether. Luckily, you don't have to go through all this trouble to exercise your democratic right. DoNotPay can make your voter registration easy and stress-free.

How to Update Voter Information in Iowa

You should update your voter information if you:

  1. Change your address
  2. Change your name
  3. Change your party affiliation

To update the voter information, you should send a voter registration form to your county auditor or submit a new voter registration online.

Eligibility Requirements to Vote in Iowa

To be eligible to vote in Iowa, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be 18 years old by the date of the election you want to vote (you can still register if you are 17 years old at the time)
  • Be a resident of Iowa
  • Not be declared "incompetent to vote" by any court
  • Not have been convicted of a felony
  • Not claim the right to vote elsewhere

Voter Registration Deadlines in Iowa

The voter registration deadlines in Iowa vary depending on the mode of registration.

Registration MethodDeadline
Online15 days before Election Day
By MailMust be postmarked 15 days before Election Day
In-PersonAvailable up to and including on Election Day

If you miss the deadline, you can still register and vote on Election Day or during early voting. All you need to do is go to the early voting site to register and vote or to the poll place you usually vote from.

Remember to carry your Identification Card. If your ID doesn't have your current address, you should also carry documents that prove your residence. Documents that can act as proof of residency include:

  • Utility bills
  • Residential lease
  • Residential lease
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Property tax statement

How to Check If You're Registered to Vote in Iowa

Iowa has a voter registration lookup tool to check if you are registered to vote. You can also verify if your registration information is correct.

How to Cancel/Unregister to Vote in Iowa

There are two ways to cancel or unregister to vote in Iowa. You can unregister online or fill out a cancellation form and mail it to your election office.

Reasons to Cancel/Unregister to Vote

You can unregister to vote if:

  1. You don't want to vote
  2. No candidate or issue inspires you to vote
  3. You are not eligible to vote due to a felony conviction
  4. You dislike politics
  5. You are too busy to vote

You can also unregister for privacy or security reasons.

Not Sure Where to Start? DoNotPay Can Help

Registering to vote, canceling your voter registration, or updating your voter information may sound easy on paper, but it isn't. You are likely to get frustrated by the lengthy process or encounter problems resetting your password when using the online platform. DoNotPay is here to help.

DoNotPay makes the whole registration, updating, or cancellation process easy and stress-free. You don't have to waste time filling out forms or mailing them to your election office.

All you have to do is:

  1. Search "voter registration" on DoNotPay.

  2. Select whether you want to register to vote, change your voter information, cancel your registration, or verify your registration.

  3. Enter the state you want to register in (or are registered in) and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements. Answer a few questions about you to help us verify your identity and complete your application.

  4. Provide your signature and verify that your information is correct.

And that's it! DoNotPay will make sure your registration changes get sent to the right office and your registration status is updated accordingly.

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

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