Iowa Election Law FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:  When do the polls close for the General Election?    
A:  The polls close at 8:00 pm for ALL elections.

Q:  How many days before an election do I need to register to vote if I’m not registered or if I moved, and I want my name to be on the voter register at the polls?
A: 15 days.  
 
For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Monday, May 23.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Monday, Oct. 24.

Q:  May I still register to vote at the polls?
A:  Yes.  You will need both proof of identity (which everyone needs) AND proof of residence.

Q:  Will the county auditor send absentee ballot request forms to all voters in the county?  
A.  No.  State law now prohibits this.  If you personally request an absentee ballot request form, your auditor will send you one. Please visit our Absentee Voting page on this website. 

Q:  When is the first day that I may request an absentee ballot by mail?
A: 70 days before the election.  
 
For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Tuesday, March 29.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Tuesday, August 30.

Q:  After I send in my absentee ballot request form, when will the county auditor mail me my ballot?  
A: The auditor will start mailing absentee ballots 20 days before the election.  
 
For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Wednesday, May 18.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Wednesday, Oct. 19.

Q:  When is the first day I can vote absentee in person at the Auditor’s Office?
A: 20 days before the election. You should only vote at the office if you have not requested a ballot by mail.  
 
For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Wednesday, May 18.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Wednesday, Oct. 19. 

Q:  When is the last day that I can request an absentee ballot by mail?
A:  The county auditor must receive your request form at least 15 days before the election.  (For exceptions, see below.) 
 For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Monday, May 23.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Monday, Oct. 24.

Q:  What is the deadline for getting my voted absentee ballot back to the county auditor?
A:  The county auditor must have your ballot by the close of the polls, which is 8:00 pm on election day.

Q:  Won’t my ballot be counted as long as it is postmarked before election day?
A:  NO.  The law changed, and your ballot must be in the possession of the county auditor by 8:00 pm on election day. 

Q:  When is the last day to vote an absentee ballot in person at the auditor’s office? 
A: The day before the election. (This didn’t change.)  
 
For the June 7, 2022 Primary Election, this is Monday, June 6.
 For the Nov. 8, 2022 General Election, this is Monday, Nov. 7.