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A Federal Post Card Application registers you to vote and
requests absentee ballots for all regularly scheduled Federal
elections for the calendar year in which it is submitted.
Iowa does not have registration deadlines for Uniformed
Service members, their families, and overseas citizens. You
must still register and request an absentee ballot using the
form and submit it in time for the ballot to be sent to you,
voted, and returned by the ballot return deadline.
You may be already registered to vote. To check, go to Iowa's voter registration verification website. Even if you are registered to vote, you still need to complete the form to receive an absentee ballot. You may not need to fill out this entire form. Check out the instructions below to see what information your State requires.
Open Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request
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Only the following blocks are required:
Block 1: Select the category that describes you.
Block 2: To vote in primary elections, you must enter your
political party affiliation. If you want to change your
political party affiliation, submit a completed FPCA
indicating your new party preference to the local election
official. Political party affiliation is not required if only
requesting absentee ballots for general elections.
Block 3: Name (Last, First, Middle)
Block 4: Sex
Date of Birth
Your valid Iowa Driver's License number OR the last four
digits of your Social Security number is required for voter
registration. If you do not possess either of these
identification numbers you must write “none” in the space
provided. The State shall assign a number that will serve to
identify you for voter registration purposes.
Block 5: Recommended but not required. Provide your
contact information to allow your local election official to
follow up if more information is required.
Block 6: Iowa allows you to receive your blank ballot by
mail, email or fax. Please rank your preference of how you
would like to receive your absentee ballot. Provide your
email address or fax number in Block 5. If you do not make
a selection, then your local election official will mail your
ballot to you.
Block 7: Complete street address of your Iowa voting
residence. A post office box is not sufficient. If your
address includes a rural route, describe its location in Block
9. This address must be within the county in Iowa where
you claim legal voting residence.
Block 8: Complete address where you want your ballot
sent, usually where you live now.
Block 9: If you wish to receive ballots for local elections as
well as Federal elections please indicate that here.
Affirmation: Sign and date. No witness or notary required.
You must mail your Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request to your local election official. Find your county or city in the list below to locate your election official.
Open Election Official Address List
Don't know your county? Go to the county finder.
Don't know your zip code? Go to the United States Postal Service website.
Optional: You may be able to use the Postage-Paid Envelope Template.
Open Postage-Paid Envelope Template
The postage paid envelope may be used if mailed in the U.S. Postal System, which includes all U.S. Military post offices (APO/FPO) overseas or through the diplomatic pouch available at U.S. embassies/consulates. Affix appropriate postage if using international mail. Template must be printed on a number 10 or larger envelope.
If you're not already registered and choose to fax or email you MUST also sign and mail the original.
If you choose to fax, it is recommended that you fax the form directly to your local election official (fax numbers can be found on Iowa State Election website). You may also use our toll-free fax service:
Inside the U.S.? Fax to:1-800-368-8683(703) 588-2148 DSN 425-2148
Outside the U.S.? Show me a list of toll-free fax numbers.
If you choose to email, email the signed, scanned form directly to the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at uocava@sos.State.ia.us.
Open Fax/Email Coversheet
More Information on Iowa's Absentee Voting Guidelines
Iowa State Election website
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Q: When mailing a Voter Registration/Absentee Ballot Request form to my State, do I have to pay postage?
Q: What is a postmark and how do I make sure I get one?
Q: When is the best time to apply for an absentee ballot?
Q: Must I submit a separate application for each election?
Last updated: 09.18.2013