How to Vote in Iowa

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How to Confirm or Update Your Voter Registration in Iowa
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Last Reviewed: Mon, Oct 17, 2022

How to check your voter registration information in Iowa

Now’s the time to check and confirm your voter registration, especially if you:

  • Haven’t voted for a while
  • Changed your name since the last time you voted
  • Permanently moved your residence since you last voted

It’s not difficult to check your records. Iowa has a specific web page where you can confirm your Iowa voter registration status.

It the link above does not work, go to the Can I Vote?, page, maintained by NASS *(National Association of Secretaries of State), and click "Voter Registration" and then select Iowa, or just click the button above.,

When you get to the information page for Iowa, look for the link to check your information online, or contact the office by phone and speak to someone to make sure you are registered.

The Overseas Vote Foundation also maintains an excellent county-specific database of election information.

For voting info (absentee ballots, poll locations, phone numbers) for Buena Vista County, Iowa, click here.

How to register to vote in Iowa

If you know that your Iowa voter registration is out of date—perhaps because you moved—or if you need to register to vote in Iowa for the first time, you can get started at

When you don’t have to update your voter registration

If you’ve voted in the past couple of years and your name and address haven’t changed, you probably don't have to update your voter registration. You should remain eligible to vote in all local, state, and federal elections in your area.

If you have any questions about whether you’re registered, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Check your Iowa voter registration now!

Why should I check my voter registration? I'm pretty sure I'm registered already.... 

Did you know that if you haven’t voted in a while, your state can cancel your voter registration? A recent U.S. Supreme Court decision, Husted v. A. Phillip Randolph Institute, gave states the power to do exactly that.

The new ruling means that if you skip a few elections and fail to respond to a state notice asking you to update your voter registration address, your state may purge your name from the list of registered voters. Ohio—the state that brought the case all the way to the Supreme Court—and many other states are currently poised to purge their voter rolls.

This is a critical issue given the importance of the 2022 midterm elections. If your state removes your registration and you don’t discover this before you go to the polls, you may be required to complete a provisional ballot. If it turns out that your name was legally purged, your vote won’t count.

Check your Iowa voter registration now

Make sure you turn in your absentee ballot on time!

Be sure you know when your absentee ballot must be returned! Every state has different rules.

Take advantage of early voting

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How to Confirm or Update Your Voter Registration in Iowa
Was My Vote Counted? How to Track Your Vote in Iowa

Jurisdictional relevance:

There are versions of this article for each State.