Iowa Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodBy mail, in person, and online.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineTen days prior to election. No ChangesSF413 (Passed)
Sec. 22

Moves registration deadline to fifteen days before Election Day.
AutomaticNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Same DayAllowedNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse required.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNoMail-in ballot applications affirmatively sent out to every registered voter. No Legislative Activity
Deadline5:00 PM on the Friday before election. No ChangesSF 413 (Passed)
Sec. 43
Moves first day for absentee ballot application from 120 days to 70 days before Election Day.
Valid for X# of CyclesSame cycle onlyNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDSignature VerificationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mentioned Drop boxes allowed only outside elections commission offices. SF 413 (Passed)

Includes drop boxes in regulations regarding absentee voting.
Return DeadlinePoll close on election days, or postmarked by the day before election day and received no later than noon on the Monday following the election.No ChangesSF 413 (Passed)
Sec. 54
Removes deadline extension for absentee ballots postmarked by the day before the election.

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNoNo ChangesNo legislative movement
Limited 3rd PartyDesignated person turning in ballot must provide a receipt to be retained by the voter. No ChangesSF 568 (Passed)
Sec. 43
Establishes new, comprehensive regulatory language for "delivery agents."
Paid Political OperativesNoNo ChangesNo legislative movement

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYes No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

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

Voter Identification - In Person

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

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7:00 AM - 9:00 PM for state primary and general elections.No ChangesSF 413 (Passed)
Sec. 36
Hours changed to 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM for all elections.
Wait TimeNot mentionedNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Electioneering300 FeetNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Voter Rolls

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