State Voter Information Directory

Iowa Statewide Voter Information

Overseas & Military Voters

Federal and State Elections

Iowa Republican Presidential Caucus held on Mon Jan 15, 2024

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Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Ballot Return

Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus held on Tue Mar 5, 2024

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Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Contact Local Election Office Received by Mon Feb 19, 2024 5:00pm

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

Received by Mon Feb 19, 2024 5:00pm Received by Mon Feb 19, 2024 5:00pm

Ballot Return

Postmarked by Tue Mar 5, 2024 Postmarked by Tue Mar 5, 2024 5:00pm CST
The Iowa Democratic caucus will be a mail-in caucus. Go to [Iowa 2024 Democratic Caucus]( https://iowademocrats.org/2024-caucus-2) for the Presidential Preference Ballot Request Form which may be completed online, or downloaded to complete and send via e-mail or postal mail. These Ballot Request Forms must be received by February 19, 2024. Ballots will be mailed to participants beginning January 12, 2024. Completed ballots must be postmarked by March 5, 2024 to be counted in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus. Iowans with questions or who wish to ask for a request form by phone can call a helpline at (515) 216-3893.

Iowa State Primary held on Tue Jun 4, 2024

Type

Deadlines

Overseas Military

Absentee Voter Registration

Mon May 20, 2024 5:00pm CDT Submitted by Tue Jun 4, 2024

Ballot Request for Registered Voter

  • Email or Fax by Mon Jun 3, 2024
  • Request for Postal Ballot by Mon Jun 3, 2024
Submitted by Tue Jun 4, 2024

Ballot Return

  • Postmarked by Mon Jun 3, 2024
  • Email or Fax by Tue Jun 4, 2024 8:00pm CDT
  • Postmarked by Mon Jun 3, 2024
  • Email or Fax by Tue Jun 4, 2024

Overseas Voters

U.S. citizens living abroad have the right to vote as absentee voters, provided they are eligible to vote in their state. If you are living outside of the U.S. permanently, indefinitely, or temporarily, your voting rights stay with you, even if you never voted when you lived in the U.S. To vote from overseas:

  • Complete and send an overseas voter registration/ballot request form to your election office in the U.S. This is one specific form that will register you as an overseas voter and request your absentee ballot – simultaneously.

Many states allow children who were born overseas, but never lived in the U.S., to use their U.S. parents’ last residence address to register.

Military Voters

Service members and their eligible family members living outside their voting jurisdiction (within or outside the U.S.) are able to vote as absentee voters.

  • If you are a service member, or an eligible family member, there is a single form to file for both voter registration and ballot request. It is often called the “Federal Post Card Application” or the FPCA form. This form must be re-filed with your election office each time you change location.

To vote as a service member or eligible family member:

  • Complete and send a voter registration/ballot request form “FPCA” to your election office in the U.S. It is the same form in all states.

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form ("FPCA"). You may include the following ID:

  • Iowa ID Card
  • Last 4 Digits of your Social Security Number
If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or Iowa-issued ID number."

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. You may include the following ID:

  • Iowa ID Card
  • Last Four Digits of your Social Security Number
If you do not have either of these numbers you must enter in Section 6: "I do not have a Social Security Number or Iowa-issued ID number."

Overseas Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Important note: Iowa only allows you to return the voted ballot by fax or e-mail if you are casting the ballot from an imminent danger pay area. Iowa allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to [email protected]. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Best practice: If you emailed or faxed your voter registration/ballot request form, send your original, signed form in the mail if the voter registration/ballot request form was used to both register to vote and request an absentee ballot.

Military Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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Iowa allows you to submit the FPCA by mail, email or fax. If you choose to mail your FPCA, mail the form directly to your local election office. If you choose to email your FPCA, you should send the form as a signed, scanned attachment. Email directly to [email protected]. If you choose to fax your FPCA, fax the form directly to your local election official. Best practice: If you emailed or faxed your voter registration/ballot request form, send your original, signed form in the mail if the voter registration/ballot request form was used to both register to vote and request an absentee ballot. Iowa allows you to return the voted ballot by fax or email if you are casting the ballot from an an imminent danger pay area or if you are an active member of the army, navy, marine corps, merchant marine, coast guard, air force, or Iowa National Guard and are outside the U.S. or any of its territories.