Early and secure voting in Iowa: What you need to know

Election week is right around the corner and it’s an election like no other.

Everything is on the line this year – the future of our economy, healthcare, schools, climate and clean water, and more will be decided by who we vote into office.

2020 has taught us that we can’t take anything for granted, especially our democracy.

With so much at stake, it’s critical that every one of us makes a plan to vote early. Casting your vote before November 3 is simple and secure.

Voting early helps people participate in our democracy by:

  • Lightening the load on election day for poll workers and shortening the lines for those going to the polls. This is especially important given the pandemic.
  • Evening out the load on the postal service. Mailing in your ballot as soon as possible spreads out the work for postal employees.
  • Ensuring you and others won’t be kept from voting if the unexpected strikes on election day (COVID spike, natural disaster, accident, etc.).

If you don’t have a vote by mail ballot, the deadline to request one has passed. However, you can still cast your ballot early and securely by:

  • DROPPING OFF your absentee ballot as soon as possible at your county auditor’s office. Absentee ballots must be dropped off by 9 pm on November 3.
  • VOTING IN-PERSON EARLY. You may vote early in-person at your county auditor’s office.
  • Confirm Your Vote: You can make sure that your ballot was received by calling or emailing your county auditor or by tracking it on the Secretary of State’s website.

Then, talk with people you know about voting early. Share with them why you’ve decided to vote early this year and ask them to do the same. Then follow up with them with a reminder to cast their vote early.

Questions? Call Iowa CCI Action Fund with any questions you have about early voting: (515) 255-0800. 

You can also visit the Iowa Secretary of State website for details on early voting

P.S.> Everything is different in 2020. Including this election. With higher numbers of absentee ballots this year, it may take more time to count all the votes and we may not know the final election results on election night this year. But that’s OK. Counting every vote is more important than speedy election results. Election Night ≠ Results Night! 

But we’re getting together with watch parties around the state on Nov. 3. Check out the list of socially-distanced in-person and online celebrations at cciaction.org/watch-parties.