What Iowa's New Election Law Means for Voters

What changes started in 2017

You still do not need a voter ID, HOWEVER here are some changes:

Voters registering on election day must show personal ID, proof of residence*

If you move and are not registered in the precinct where you live, you will need to provide personal ID and proof of residence*

If a registered voter from the precinct where the voter wishes to vote is vouching for eligibility, they must also provide ID and/or proof of residence*.

If voting in a precinct that does not have an electronic pollbook (list of registered voters in the precinct), voters will cast a provisional vote.

*Proof of residence qualifies as a utility bill or lease information within the last 45 days

Hint:​ ​ ​Re-register​ ​to​ ​vote​ ​whenever​ ​you​ ​move.​ ​Have​ ​a​ picture​ ​ID.​ ​Do​ ​this​ ​when you​ ​go​ ​away​ ​to​ ​college.

Dates to Remember

January 1st, 2018

  • ​Voters will now be asked to show a valid ID before voting.
  • If you do not have the necessary ID, you will be asked to sign an oath verifying ID.
  • Voters requesting absentee ballots will also be required to provide necessary ID.

January 1st, 2019

  • ​Iowa voters will be required to show a driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, passport, Military ID, veterans ID, or Voter ID Card prior to voting.

What if you need a voter ID card?

Register to vote – by mail – online – at the Auditor’s office – and you will receive a valid voter ID card in the mail.
This card has a PIN number you may be required to use.


For more information check the Secretary of State website: sos.iowa.gov or call the Secretary of State at 515-281-5204