Iowans with Disabilities in Action

Five Easy Steps to Voting

Election Day: November 8, 2016

1. Register

By Mail: Fill out a voter registration application and send it to your county auditor. Visit your county courthouse, www.sos.iowa.gov, your driver’s license station, public assistance offices, or state offices that serve people with disabilities for a voter registration form. Early registration deadline is Saturday, October 29.

Online: Complete the online registration form. This is new this year. You simply go to the SOS website and click on Voters then Voter Registration. You will then click on “Electronic Voter Registration.” This will take you to the Iowa DOT website to complete the process. Click here to complete your voter registration.

On Election Day: You can register on election day at your polling place. You must provide proof of your identity and where you live. Visit www.sos.iowa.gov or call 1-888-SOS-VOTE to find out what forms of identification are acceptable.

2. Get Informed

Find out who is running and what they stand for! Most candidates will have a campaign website or you can visit www.sos.iowa.gov for a list of the candidates and their contact information. You can also visit www.idaction.org/vote.

3. Know Your Rights

You have the right to:

  • vote independently and privately
  • have help at your polling place
  • an accessible polling location 
  • accessible voting equipment

4. Find Out How, When and Where

Vote Early: You have several options to vote early, including requesting an absentee ballot and voting at your county auditor’s office.

  • Early voting starts on September 29
  • The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Friday, November 4
  • Absentee ballots must be postmarked by: Monday, November 7
  • Absentee ballots must be received by: Monday, November 14
  • You can vote in your county auditor’s office during regular business hours leading up to the election and the two Saturdays before election day.

*Note: Iowa law requires county auditors’ offices to be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the two Saturdays before the Election, so people can vote early or return late-voted absentee ballots.  

On Election Day: November 8, 2016

  • Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. statewide.
  • To find your polling place, visit or call the Secretary of State’s office, county auditor or political party

5.  Make Your Mark - Vote!

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