Election Day Registration

If you are new to Linn County or missed the pre-registration deadline, it is still possible to register and vote on election day.

First you need to know where to vote on election day with your current address. Use the Linn County Lookup tool to find your correct polling location and the hours the polls are open.

At your correct polling place, you will need to prove who you are (ID) and where you live (residence). The best document to bring is your valid Iowa driver's license with your current address.

Acceptable forms of ID 

If you do not have an Iowa driver's license, then you may use a photo ID this is current, valid and contain an expiration date. Below is a list of acceptable forms of ID:

  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • U.S. Passport/Card
  • U.S. Military ID/Veteran ID Card
  • Tribal ID Card/Document
  • ID card issued by employer (with an expiration date)
  • Student ID issued by an Iowa high school or college (with an expiration date)

At this time, digital forms of identification are not accepted.

Acceptable forms of Residence 

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address. Below is a list of acceptable proofs of residence:

  • Residential Lease/College Residency Letter
  • Property Tax Statement
  • Utility Bill, including cell phone bill
  • Bank Statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government Check or Other Government Document

Digital forms of residence are accepted.


If you cannot provide ID and/or where you reside, then a registered voter from the precinct you currently reside in may attest for you. You and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements are true.

The attester must present an ID to attest for you.

Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class "D" felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $7,500 and up to 5 years in prison.