Can I get time off from work to vote?

  • Maybe. If your work schedule doesn’t give you three consecutive hours off while the polls are open, you have the right to take time off from work in order to vote. However, you have to give your employer written notice before Election Day, and your employer has the right to specify which hours you may take. Your employer may not penalize you or deduct from your regular wages or salary on account of the absence.

Where do I vote?

  • You must vote at the polling place to which you’re assigned.
  • Your assigned polling place will be listed on the voter registration acknowledgment card that you should receive in the mail shortly after you register.
  • Or you can call your county auditor’s office to find out where to vote.
  • You can also look up your polling place online.

What if my polling place is not accessible to me, or I need help voting?

  • Under Iowa law, polling places must be accessible to persons with disabilities.
  • If you find out before you go to vote that your polling place is not accessible to you, contact your county auditor or the Secretary of State right away and ask for an accommodation.
  • If you find out when you go to vote that you cannot enter the polling place because of a disability, you can send someone into the polling place on your behalf to request curbside voting. Poll-workers will bring a paper ballot outside to your vehicle so you can vote.
  • You also have the right to have anyone you choose assist you, including poll-workers, at the polls. You may bring this person into the voting booth with you. The only exceptions are that you may not be assisted by your employer, an agent or representative of your employer, or an agent or representative of your labor union.
  • If you need instructions on how to use the voting equipment, ask a poll worker. Poll workers are required to help you at any time you ask—even after you have entered the voting booth.

Can I get a ballot in my native language?

  • Election materials in Iowa are generally available in English only. But you have the right to bring an interpreter to the polls or to get assistance in your language from anyone you choose, including poll-workers, as long as the person is not your employer, an agent or representative of your employer, or an agent or representative of your labor union.

Can I bring my children into the voting booth with me?

  • Yes, as long as they are under age 18.

Can I get a ride to the polls on Election Day?

  • The government does not provide rides to the polls on Election Day, but many candidates and political parties do provide this service. Alternatively, you may apply for an absentee ballot.

What if I am in line to vote when the polls close at 9 p.m.?

  • If you’re in line when polls close, you will still be allowed to vote.

If you have more questions, contact your county auditor's office or the Iowa Secretary of State website. 

Current as of November 2018 

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