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Elections & Voting

Register to Vote

Before you can vote in Iowa, you must be registered. To register to vote in Iowa, you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Iowa
  • be at least 17 – 1/2 years old (you must be 18 to vote)
  • not have been convicted of a felony (unless your rights have been restored)
  • not currently be judged “incompetent” to vote by a court
  • give up your right to vote in any other place

If you do not meet all these qualifications, you should not register to vote.

Iowa Voter Registration form

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Change of Address

If you move within the county where you are registered to vote, you may change your address before the close of registration:

  • By notifying the county auditor in writing. Include your full name as it appears on the voter registration records, your old and new addresses, and your signature. If more than one person is submitting a change, each person must sign the notice.
  • By completing a postcard registration form. Only one change may be submitted on each postcard.
  • By making the change in person at the county auditor's office or other registration sites.


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Motor Voter

An application for or a renewal of a driver's license will serve as an application for voter registration -- unless the applicant does not sign the voter registration application portion of the form. The voter registration portion of the form must include:

  • A statement specifying eligibility requirements for voter registration (including citizenship)
  • An attestation that the applicant meets these requirements
  • The applicant's signature under penalty of perjury
  • A statement that assures confidentiality and the absence of coercion. The voter registration portion of the form may not require more information than is necessary to ensure that an applicant is eligible to register to vote and to prevent duplicate registrations. Any driver's license change-of-address form will serve as notification of an address change for voter registration, unless the person states that the address is not for voter registration purposes.

Voter registration applications received at state motor vehicle agencies must be transmitted to the appropriate election office within 10 days, or within 5 days if it is received 5 days or less before the deadline.

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For more information contact:

Office of the Secretary of State
Voter Registration Commission
Hoover State Office Building
Des Moines, IA 50319
515-281-5781
www.sos.state.ia.us

Pottawattamie County Auditor
www.pottcounty.com

  • 149 W. Broadway
  • Council Bluffs, IA 51503
  • Phone 712-325-1000
  • Toll Free 1-800-228-6878
  • Fax 712-322-5698
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