Hey! New Voters! Here is what you need to know!

Voter fact sheet

Click the link above to download your copy of the New Voter Fact Sheet!

So––you’re a newly registered voter! Now what?

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about how to vote in the 2018 elections…

  • The primary is on June 5th, 2018
    • This is where the parties determine which candidates to put on the ballot for the general election in November.
    • You MUST register as a party affiliate (a Republican or Democrat) in order to vote in the primary.
    • You DO NOT need to be 18 to vote in the primary, as long as you’re AT LEAST 17½, and you’ll be 18 by the general election in November.
  • The general election is on November 6th, 2018
    • This is where voters elect candidates for office. This is the REAL DEAL.
    • You DO NOT need to be registered as a party affiliate (Independents can vote).
    • You MUST be 18 to vote in the general election.
  • You can find your voting location (precinct) here: https://bit.ly/SoFwkL
  • If for any reason you will not be able to vote at your assigned polling place (e.g. if you’re going to college out of state, too lazy, etc.), YOU CAN STILL VOTE!!!
  • This is called voting by absentee ballot. All details can be found here: https://bit.ly/2pV8zjE
    • You need to fill out an absentee ballot request form.
    • Then, you’ll need to send the completed and SIGNED form to your county auditor.
    • You must request an absentee ballot by 5:00 PM on the Friday before the primary (June 1st) and 5:00 PM on Saturday before the general election (November 3rd)
    • TIP: Fill out the absentee ballot request form SOONER rather than later!

Questions? The Iowa State Department’s website is a great resource!



Fact sheet developed by Maya Miller; Registration drive organized by Maya and Kevin Li.

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