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Can I Register?

As college students living in Iowa, Drake University students are eligible to participate in the precinct caucuses. To participate, students must register to vote and affiliate with a party.

Are you…

  • A U.S. citizen?

  • An Iowa Resident?

  • At Least 18 Years Old?

  • NOT a convicted felon?

(Unless your voting rights have been restored)

  • NOT judged to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court?

  • NOT claiming the right to vote in any other place?

Register to Vote

With An Iowa License

 Register to vote online here.

With Out-Of-State Identification

Register to vote with the paper form here. Drop it off or mail it to your auditor or commissioner here.

Same-Day Registration

Bring a valid photo ID and proof of residency to your precinct caucus location to register day-of.

Check or Update Your Status

Check your registration status on the Iowa Secretary of State website here. If information is incorrect or needs to be updated, re-register using the links above.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: I completed my voter registration form. Now what?

A: Amazing! Once you have submitted your online registration or dropped off your paper form, confirm that your registration is processed at the Iowa Secretary of State website here. If everything looks correct, take note of your precinct name. Depending on your party registration, visit the Republican Party of Iowa website or the Iowa Democratic Party website to find your precinct meeting location.

Q: I don’t have an Iowa driver's license. Can I still register?

A: As long as you are a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident, and at least 18 years old on or before Election Day, you may register to vote. The paper registration form requires only one ID Number, so opt to put the last four digits of your social security number.

Q: How do I know if I am an Iowa resident?

A: Do you have an address within the state of Iowa that you reside in? If you answered ‘yes,’ then you qualify as an Iowa resident and may register to vote. If you split your time between addresses – especially one in another state, you must choose ONE address to register at. This is a matter of personal preference, but you may NOT vote in multiple states or at multiple locations.

Q: Do I have to affiliate with a political party to participate in a caucus?

A: Yes. Because caucuses are official party meetings, only partisans are allowed to participate. You must register with a party affiliation to participate in the corresponding caucus. Caucus goers may participate in only one party's caucus each nomination cycle.

Q: Which party should I affiliate with? Should I affiliate at all?

A: This is a matter of personal preference. Research the candidates in each party, and decide where you feel your vote carries the most weight. Some caucus goers choose to register with the party that has the more competitive primary. Others stick with the party that aligns more closely with their values. Which party you decide to affiliate with is up to you, but you must affiliate with a party in order to caucus.

Q: Do I have to be a registered voter to attend a caucus?

A: It depends. To actively participate in the voting process, you must be a registered party member. If you want to attend a precinct meeting to spectate, you do not have to be a registered Iowa voter or an affiliated party member.

Other Resources

For the most up-to-date information,

visit the Republican Party of Iowa website

or the Iowa Democratic Party website.

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