Voter Education and Registration

Voter Education and Registration

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We make voting easier through varied voter education programs.


The League of Women Voters conducts voter service and citizen education activities. It is a
nonpartisan nonprofit public policy educational organization, which:

  • Builds citizen participation in the democratic process.
  • Studies key community issues at all government levels in an unbiased manner.
  • Enables people to seek positive solutions to public policy issues through education and
    conflict management.

The League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Des Moines is a 501(c)3 organization. Donations
made to the Metro League are tax deductibe. Dues, however, are not tax deductible.

Voter Registration Activities

There are 3 types of voter registration activities for which we always need volunteers.  If you
want to volunteer, please contact Christi Gerken by calling 402-740-0198 or emailing
clger453 [at]

Year 2018
2019 2020
# of naturalization ceremonies 4 48  
# of voter registrations 182 1509  

1.  U.S. Courthouse Naturalization Ceremonies, 123 E. Walnut, Des Moines.  Due to COVID 19,   
     LWV Metro Des Moines cannot participate in the ceremonies.

2.  Neal Smith Federal Building Naturalization Ceremonies, 210 Walnut, Des Moines. Due to
     COVID 19, LWV Metro Des Moines cannot participate in the ceremonies.

3.  At other Events - The "Voter Mobile" will be travelling Des Moines on Saturdays from Aug 8
     to Oct 18, 2020.


                                    Voter Registration Schedule – as of Wednesday, 10-14-20                     

     10-15-20 –
Thursday – Trinity Las Americas – 4-6 PM 

     10-17-20 - Saturday, Global Green's Farmer's Market - 3200 University Ave - 9 AM to 1 PM  

     10-18-20 –Saturday–Voter Rally for Black Women –Union Park -725 Thompson Ave., 3-5 PM

     10-20-20 - Tuesday - Central Iowa Shelter Services - 1420 Mulberry St. -4-6 PM


Voting in the 2020 Election

  1. Have you registered to vote?  If no, complete the voter registration form and
    send to the county auditor for the county you reside in. 

  2. Since you last registered to vote, has your name changed? Has your address
    changed?  If yes to either question, please complete the voter registration form
    and send to the county auditor.

Find the Voter Registration Paper Form here.  
Find your county auditor here.

3. Do you want to vote by absentee ballot through the mail?
Find the absentee voting request form here:
Complete and send to the County Auditor for the county you live in.
SOS has a tracking page which shows when the county auditor receives your request
for an absentee ballot.
Requests for absentee ballots must be physically in the office of your County Auditor 
by Saturday, Oct. 24. 
Be sure all information is entered and entered correctly.  Please provide your phone
number and email address in case the County Auditor needs to follow up on the information
on the Request for absentee ballot form.

There is a contact free drop box in the lobby of the Polk County Election office at
120 2nd Avenue from 8AM to 4:30 PM – Monday through Friday.   

4.  Absentee Ballots will start to be mailed out by the County Auditor on Monday, Oct. 5.

When you receive an absentee ballot, follow the directions, complete the ballot, and send
it back to the county auditor without delay.

Absentee ballots must be postmarked by no later than Nov. 2

5. There will be no satellite voting locations.

6. There will be no drop boxes around the community – SOS has determined
    them to be illegal.

7.  You can vote early at the County Auditor’s office starting Monday, Oct. 5.

Voting at the County Auditor’s office is known as ”absentee ballot in-person voting”

Voting can be done Monday through Friday 8 AM to 5 the County Auditor's office. 
The address of the Polk County Auditor’s Election office is 120 2nd Avenue, Suite A,
Des Moines 50309

The last two Saturdays prior to election day – the County Auditor’s Election office will be
open for voting.

Do I need to show an ID when I vote absentee in-person?

        YES. Voters in Iowa are required to show an ID when voting absentee in-person
        and at the polls on election day.

What are valid forms of ID to show when voting absentee in-person or at the 
polls on election day?

  • Iowa Voter Identification Card
  • Iowa Driver’s License
  • Iowa Non-Operator ID
  • U.S. Military ID or Veteran ID
  • U.S. Passport
  • Tribal ID Card/Document

A voter without one of the above forms of ID may have the voter’s identity attested to
by another registered voter in the precinct or may prove identity and residence using 
Election Day Registration documents.

8. Tuesday, Nov. 3 – Election

Vote at your designated polling place.The polling places are in the process of being
confirmed.  Contact the County Auditor’s election office for your polling place -
election [at]
If you have questions on the voting process–go to the Frequently Asked Questions here.

In summary – You can vote one of 3 ways - by:

  1. Absentee ballot – through the mail,
  2. Absentee ballot –through in-person voting at the County Auditor’s election
    office starting Oct. 5, or
  3. Voting at a designated polling place on Tuesday, November 3

The County Auditor’s office will start counting absentee ballots on Monday, before the
election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

All absentee ballots must be counted by 10 PM on election night, Nov. 3

Executive Order 7 – Restoration of Citizen’s Rights
40-50,000 Iowans with felony records are now eligible to register and vote.
Everyone meeting these standards is eligible to vote and includes the right to run
for office.

  1. Must have completed their confinement, probation and parole.
  2. It excludes felony crimes under Iowa Code Section 707 (homicide)
  3. It does not require restitution to be paid

No paperwork is required.
The Sec of State (SOS) has a website to assist Iowans who have completed felony sentences.