Iowa Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodBy mail, in person, and online.- -
DeadlineTen days prior to election. --
AutomaticNo- -
Same DayAllowed--

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.- -
AutomaticNoMail-in ballot applications affirmatively sent out to every registered voter. -
Deadline5:00 PM on the Friday before election. - -
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle only--

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationNo ChangesNo Legislative Movement
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Movement
Drop BoxNot mentioned Drop boxes allowed only outside elections commission offices. No legislative Movement
Return DeadlinePoll close on election days. No ChangesNo Legislative Movement

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo changeNo legislative movement
Limited 3rd PartyDesignated person turning in ballot must provide a receipt to be retained by the voter. No changeNo legislative movement
Paid Political OperativesNoNo changeNo legislative movement

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYes No changeNo legislative movement
In PersonYesNo changeNo legislative movement

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo changeNo legislative movement
Witness StatementNoNo changeNo legislative movement
Other---
Cure ProcessBallots may be cured up until the day before election. No changeNo legislative movement

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDRequiredNo changeNo legislative movement
Other OptionsProvisional ballot may be filled out if one does not have a photo ID. No changeNo legislative movement
Provisional BallotsMust be cured by end of voting day. No change No legislative movement

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7:00 AM - 9:00 PMNo changeHours changed to 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wait TimeNot mentionedNo changeNo legislative movement
Electioneering300 FeetNo changeNo legislative movement
Other---

Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyContinousNo changeNo legislative movement
Voter RemovalDeath, moving, felony, inactivity. No changeNo legislative movement