VOTE: Election 2020
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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Iowa?
Any voter can request a Vote by Mail ballot, no excuse required

Can I submit an application online?
No

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
Your request must be received by October 24, 2020 by 5:00 pm.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by close of polls on Election Day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

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VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
7 a.m. - 9 p.m.

ID Requirements
Non-photo identification is required:

Iowa voter ID card
Iowa driver’s license
Iowa non-operator ID
U.S. military ID or veteran ID
U.S. passport
Tribal ID card/document

If a voter does not have one of the IDs listed above, he or she may have another voter vouch for his or her identity. The voter can also provide other documents verifying his or her identity and residence:

Iowa non-driver ID card
Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
ID card issued by employer
Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college

The following documents are acceptable proof of residence:

Any photo ID from the above list of acceptable proofs of identity which states the voter's current address
Residential lease
Utility bill
Bank statement
Paycheck
Government check or other government document

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the former Democratic vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017. He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On April 25, 2019, Biden announced that he was running for president of the United States in 2020. With the plurality of pledged delegates, Biden became the presumptive Democratic nominee on April 8, 2020, after Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) suspended his presidential campaign. Biden crossed the delegate threshold necessary to win the nomination on June 5, 2020, and was formally nominated at the 2020 Democratic National Convention on August 18, 2020.

Biden announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

On January 12, 2017, President Barack Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Donald John Trump (b. June 14, 1946, in Queens, New York) is the 45th and current president of the United States. He assumed office on January 20, 2017. He filed to run for re-election on the same day.

Key policy initiatives during Trump's first term include the United States withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal, the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 and First Step Act in 2018, reducing the size of the ISIS caliphate, and establishing the Space Force as an independent military branch. Trump has made more than 200 federal judicial appointments, including two U.S. Supreme Court justices.

During his presidency, Trump has issued eight vetoes. To read more about these vetoes, click here.

On December 18, 2019, Trump became the third president in U.S. history to be impeached by the U.S. House. The U.S. Senate acquitted Trump on both charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress on February 5, 2020.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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Michael Richard "Mike" Pence (b. June 7, 1959, in Columbus, Indiana) is the 48th vice president of the United States, serving in President Donald Trump's (R) administration. He was elected on November 8, 2016, and sworn in on January 20, 2017.

Pence served as the 50th governor of Indiana from 2013 to 2017. As governor, Pence signed into law a 5 percent individual income tax cut in Indiana. He also supported the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 2015, allowing individuals and businesses to exert a right to the free exercise of religion. In his first year in office, FiveThirtyEight ranked him as the second most conservative governor in the country.

From 2001 to 2013, Pence served as a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives. During his final year in the House, Pence was rated a far-right Republican leader based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack.

Pence's press secretary stated that Pence tested negative for coronavirus on March 21, 2020. Pence was tested after one of his staffers tested positive. Click here for more information on political figures impacted by coronavirus.

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U.S. Senate Iowa

Biography

Joni Ernst (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Iowa. She assumed office on January 3, 2015. Her current term ends on January 3, 2021.

Ernst (Republican Party) is running for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Republican primary on June 2, 2020.

She ran for the open 2014 United States Senate seat in Iowa after incumbent Tom Harkin (D) announced his retirement. She defeated Bruce Braley (D), Douglas Butzier (L), and independent candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014. Ernst won her party's nomination to run for U.S. Senate in the June 3, 2014, primary. Ernst became the first woman from Iowa elected to either chamber of Congress.

In the Iowa State Senate, she represented District 48, a position to which she was elected in a January 2011 special election. She then won election to District 12 in 2012 due to redistricting. She also served as the assistant minority leader of the Iowa State Senate.

Ernst is an Iraq War veteran. She served in the Iowa Army National Guard for 23 years and retired at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

In the 115th Congress, Ernst sponsored the EDU Act of 2018.

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Biography

Rick Stewart (Libertarian Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa. He is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Suzanne Herzog (independent) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020.

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Biography

Theresa Greenfield (Democratic Party) is running for election to the U.S. Senate to represent Iowa. She is on the ballot in the general election on November 3, 2020. She advanced from the Democratic primary on June 2, 2020.

Greenfield was a 2018 Democratic candidate for Iowa's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. House. Greenfield was disqualified from the election before the primary scheduled for June 5, 2018.

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Initiatives

Iowa Constitutional Convention Question (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports holding a constitutional convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.

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A "no" vote opposes holding a constitutional convention to explore proposals for changes to the state constitution.