Voter Information

Before you can vote in Iowa, you must be registered. To register to vote in Iowa, you must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Iowa, at least 17 years old. You must not have been convicted of a felony (unless your rights have been restored) and not currently be judged "incompetent" to vote by a court. And you must give up your right to vote in any other place. If you do not meet all these qualifications, you should not register to vote. You must be 18 to vote in elections with the exception of primary elections. A 17-year-old may vote in primary elections as long as they turn 18 on the respective date of the general or city election.

State Voting Information

Visit the Iowa Secretary of State website for more statewide voting information and details about voter registration.

Absentee Voters

Any registered voter may, subject to the provisions below, vote absentee at any election. Iowa's provisions that allow you to vote absentee are these:

A person who has been designated to have power of attorney by a registered voter does not have the authority to request or to cast an absentee ballot on behalf of the registered voter.

There are several ways to vote by absentee ballot. You may ask for a ballot by mail or in person at the county auditor's office. For some elections, you may vote in person at a satellite voting station. If you live at a health care facility or are hospitalized and request an absentee ballot, the ballot will be brought to you.

Visit the Iowa Secretary of State website for an application for an absentee ballot and more details.

Polling Locations & Hours

For all elections, except as otherwise noted below, the polls shall be opened at 7:00 a.m. The polls shall close at 9:00 p.m. for the Primary and General elections and any other partisan elections. They shall close at 8:00 p.m. for all other elections.

School, City, and Special Election polling locations may be different than Primary and General Elections. You can also contact your County Auditor's Office for this information. At the Commissioner of Election’s discretion, the polls may be opened at 12:00 noon for certain City, School or miscellaneous elections. Hours for specific elections can be found at your local county website or in the Official Notice of Election published in your local newspaper.

Location of Polling Place

Find your polling place on the Iowa Secretary of State website.

You can also contact your local County Auditor’s Office for this information.

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Meet Our Auditors

Shelby County

Mark Maxwell
Harlan, Iowa

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