How, When, and Where to Vote in Iowa’s General Election

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For more information on voting in the Iowa General Election, please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

What offices are being voted upon?

• Governor & Lt. Governor
 • Secretary of State
 • Attorney General
 • Treasurer
 • Auditor
 • Secretary of Agriculture
 • U.S. Senator (1)
 • U.S. House of Representatives (4)
 • Iowa Legislative races
 • Local county and city races

Have the districts changed since the last election?

Yes. Every ten years, following the census, new districts are drawn to equalize population numbers across the state. You can learn about Iowa’s new state and federal districting by checking out the state’s redistricting page. Local jurisdictions will also have new political boundaries and you should contact your county auditor for the latest information on those offices and precincts.

When is the general election?

Iowans will vote November 8, 2022. Polling places will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. (a change from pervious years, where polling places were open until 9:00 p.m.). All mail-in ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Important dates to know:

Monday, Aug. 30, 2022 - Beginning of absentee ballot requests
Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2022 - First day of absentee voting
Monday, Oct. 24, 2022 - Deadline to register by mail and online, Deadline to request absentee ballot to be mailed
Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022 - Absentee voting in-person begins
Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 - Absentee voting in-person deadline
Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 - Election Day, Deadline to register in-person, Deadline for mail-in ballots to be received

Where do I vote?

If you do not vote early by absentee or in person at your county auditor’s office, you will vote at your regular polling place location. If you are not aware of your polling location, you can use this address search tool, provided by the Iowa Secretary of State, to find where to vote.

Who can vote?

Any Iowan registered to vote, regardless of party affiliation (or lack thereof) may vote in the general election. There is an exception for those convicted of a felony. Such individuals may only be allowed to vote upon completion of their sentence if their voting rights are then also restored.

More Voting Resources

The office of Secretary of State Paul Pate has several online resources available to learn more about voting in Iowa. Visit their website: Voter Ready Iowa.


Disclaimer: This document is intended for general informational purposes only and is not meant to provide a comprehensive listing or overview of all voting information. Please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for any additional information. This document was last updated on 9/09/2022 and may not necessarily reflect all the most recent or relevant information.

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