College Student Voters

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In order to vote in the November 3 General Election, you must be 18 years or older by November 3rd and a U.S. citizen. 

As a college student you can choose to vote in your hometown or your college town, but not both. If you are currently staying in Johnson County, you have the right to vote, no matter what your in-state tuition status is or where your driver's license is from. 

You can vote early in person, vote by mail, or vote on Election Day.  

Voter ID

Wondering what you need to bring to the polls? Check out this link for all the details, but the bottom line is that if you bring ID and proof of residence, you will be able to vote. ID can include an Iowa Driver's license or non-operator ID, an out-of-state license combined with proof of local address, a signed Iowa voter identification "PIN" card,  a tribal document, a passport, or a military ID. Proof of residence can be shown digitally, and includes a residential lease, housing agreement with the UI, utility bill, pay stub, or a piece of mail from the government.  

To access proof of residence on MyUI, go to Student Information > Documentation and Reports > Verifications > Voter Residency Verification. Know your voting rights at the polls -- if you have any trouble, contact the Auditor's Office at 319-356-6004. Lastly, if you plan to vote by mail you may see that you need to list either your driver's license number OR your Voter PIN on your absentee ballot request form. If you have an Iowa license, you should use that number and don't need a PIN. If you don't have an Iowa license and don't know your Voter PIN, call your county auditor. We'll ask you a few personal identifying questions and then we can give you your PIN on the phone. 

In Person Early Voting 

  • To vote early in-person in Johnson County (Iowa City), visit this link for all your options. Near-campus options include
    • Drive-up (or bike-up or walk-up) voting at the parking ramp north of the Health and Human Services Building, 855 S. Dubuque St
      • 8AM-5PM Monday-Friday from now until November 2nd.
      • Saturday, October 24, 8 AM - 5 PM
      • Sunday, October 25,  10 AM - 4 PM
      • Saturday, October 31, 8 AM - 4 PM
      • Sunday, November 1, 10 AM - 4 PM
    • Iowa City Public Library, 123 S. Linn St.
      • Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 10 AM - 4 PM
      • Saturday, October 24, 10 AM - 5 PM
      • Monday, October 26 through Thursday, October 29, 11 AM - 6 PM
      • Friday, October 30, 10 AM - 6 PM
      • Saturday, October 31, 10 AM - 4 PM 
    • Iowa Memorial Union 125 N. Madison St., Iowa City, Main Lounge
      • Monday, October 19 through Friday, October 23, 9 AM – 3 PM
  • You can register to vote at the same time you vote early - see above for ID and proof of residence requirements.

  To vote early in person in another state or county, be sure to visit your elections commissioner's or county auditor's website, or email [email protected] for more help.

2. Voting by Mail

  • To vote by mail, you first need to request a ballot. Requirements are different in different states - some states require an excuse to vote by mail, or that your ballot or request is notarized. For more information about different states' requirements, visit this voter guide. If you need to get something notarized, the Auditor's Office or Student Legal Services is happy to help. Visit their website for more information. In Iowa, you do not need an excuse or a notary, just to fill out the absentee ballot request form and return it to your county auditor no later than 5PM on October 24, 2020. If you do plan to vote by mail, you should do so as soon as possible.

3. Voting on Election Day (November 3, 2020) 

 Common voting locations in Iowa City include:

  • Campus Recreation and Wellness Center (East Side residence halls, north entrance; apartment areas south side)
  • Carver Hawkeye Arena (West Side residence halls)
  • Parkview Church (Mayflower residence hall)
  • Robert A. Lee Rec Center (near Bowery/S. Johnson neighborhoods)
  • West High School (Hawks Ridge)
  • Kirkwood Community College Iowa City Campus (Quarters)

 See Voter ID requirements above for what to bring to the polls.






Elections Office
Phone: 319-356-6004

Elections Deputy
Bogdana Velterean

Johnson County Auditor’s Office
Administration Building
913 S. Dubuque St. Suite 101
Iowa City, IA 52240

Phone: 319-356-6004
Fax: 319-356-6086

Office Hours
Monday – Friday
7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Bus Route
(Lakeside or Broadway bus routes)

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