As a college student, you are a large portion of the eligible voters and you can be part of shaping your community by taking part of the electoral process. Sadly, many college students do not register or cast a ballot. The Linn County Election Services Office is hoping this information will encourage you to register and be part of the electoral process.
The pre-registration deadline is 15 days before all elections.
Election Day Registration is also available after the pre-registration deadline. Election Day Registration allows you opportunity to register and on election day at your correct polling location. You must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration. View information about Election Day Registration.
Do I Need an ID to Register?
No. The Iowa Voter Registration form will ask you to provide your Iowa driver's license number, Iowa non-operator number or the last four digits for your Social Security Number. Please be sure to provide this on the voter registration form so the Linn County Election Services Office can verify your identity. It is best to avoid any problems on election day when you go to cast your ballot!
Do I Register at School or Home?
College Students have a choice about where to register to vote. Students must decided between the school or home address for voter registration purposes.
Students attending college in Linn County may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.
Students attending Coe College or Cornell College must include what dorm/building they are residing in. Unfortunately, both college campuses cross precinct boundaries which require additional information like your dorm/building name. This additional information allows our office to place you in the correct precinct and issue the proper ballot.
What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
- Iowa voters are required to show ID at the polls before voting. The ID must be one of the following:
- Iowa Driver's License
- Iowa Non-Operator's ID
- Military ID
- U.S. Passport
- Tribal ID
- Veteran's ID
- Voter ID Card (must be signed)
- If you are not already registered to vote in Iowa and wish to register and vote on Election Day, you must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration. Click here to view information about Election Day Registration.