April 23, 2020

I Bike & I Vote | Nov 2 General Election

Bicyclists make up a large voting block. We, as bicyclists, can and should exercise our right to vote in each and every election. The Iowa Bicycle Coalition has assembled this guide so you can register to vote, request an absentee ballot, and cast your vote at the polls on November 3rd, 2020.


Be #VoterReady for Iowa’s November 3rd general election by following these simple steps.

The first step is registering to vote. You can do this online, through the mail, or at the polls on Election Day.

Second, choose which option you prefer for voting: absentee or at the polls. Iowa voters can begin requesting absentee ballots on Monday, June 6th. However, county auditors cannot mail ballots until Monday, October 5th.

Polls will be open on November 3rd from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Click here to find your polling place .

Remember to bring your ID!

The last step is just as easy – cast your ballot!

Get more information on voting at https://voterready.iowa.gov


  • Monday, October 5th– First Day of Absentee Voting for the General Election
  • Monday, October 19th– Worry-Free Postmark Date for the General Election
  • Saturday, October 24th– Pre-registration Deadline for the General Election
  • November 2nd – Absentee Ballot In-Person Deadline for the General Election
  • November 3rd – General Election Day

Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. Absentee ballots may be delivered to the county auditor until 9:00 p.m.


Register to vote online: https://mymvd.iowadot.gov/VoterRegistration

Register to vote with paper form returned to county auditor’s office: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf


Any registered voter may choose to vote absentee by mail or in-person in Iowa. To vote absentee by mail, you must be registered to vote and must complete an absentee ballot request form and return the original, signed form to your county auditor. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.

The absentee request form (download at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf) must be received in the county auditor (Look up auditors at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html)  office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, eleven days before the election. If the request is for the general election, the deadline to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, ten days before the election.


After receiving an absentee request form at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/absenteeballotapp.pdf, the county auditor (Look up auditors at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/auditors/auditorslist.html) will mail the voter a ballot.

For primary and general elections, the ballots are mailed no sooner than 29 days before election day. For other elections, ballots are mailed to voters as soon as they are ready, but no sooner than 29 days before the election.

Your ballot will arrive with instructions on how to mark the ballot as well as how to return the ballot.


Mark your ballot, and then follow the instructions included with your ballot to return it in the postage-paid return envelope. It is vital that you utilize the return envelope supplied by the county auditor.

You can:

Mail your ballot so that it is postmarked by October 19, 2020.


Hand deliver your ballot during business hours or any time up until 9 p.m. on Election Day to your County Auditor.


Surrender your absentee ballot at your precinct polling place on Election Day and vote a regular ballot


Vote a provisional ballot at the polls on Election Day if you cannot surrender your voted absentee ballot.

Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day.


Did you know you can track the status of your absentee ballot after your request form has been received by the county auditor? Click https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search to get an update on your ballot’s status.