Absentee Ballot Information


Ballots for primary and general elections will be available 20 days before the election. If the Auditor receives your request more than 29 days before the election they will file the request in their office and mail you a ballot when the ballots are available.  The first day to file a request is 70 days before the election.

The auditor will mail you a ballot within 24 hours of receiving your request form or within 24 hours of when the ballots are available. Individuals acting as representatives of a political party, candidate or committee may solicit and collect absentee ballot request forms from voters.  An individual acting in this capacity must use the official absentee ballot request form with receipt prescribed by the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.  For details, see Iowa Code Section 53.3.

Rules & Guidelines

  • The auditor must receive the absentee ballot request form that includes the applicant’s original signature.
  • Absentee ballot request forms cannot include instructions to send the ballot to anyone other than the voter.
  • Absentee ballot request forms cannot be preaddressed to be sent to anyone other than the voter’s local county auditor.
  • The Official Absentee Ballot Request form may be reproduced. It may be enlarged or reduced, however it cannot be reduced to a size smaller than 3 inches by 5 inches.


If you have questions regarding the information provided on this document, please call the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at 888-SOS-Vote (1-888-767-8683) or your County Auditor.