Anyway, before moving to Iowa, I heard somewhere that Iowa is a very flexible state for student voter registration. So I called up the Johnson County Auditor's office today and discovered that this is absolutely true. Here's the scoop: If you live in Iowa most of the year (AKA have an apartment or house here, as all grad students tend to do), and are not registered to vote anywhere else, you can choose to vote in Iowa. I was previously registered in Ohio, but by filling out the voter registration form here, I am legally saying that I will only vote here and not drive the ten hours to vote in two states. That is obviously illegal. And expensive.
If you are interested in registering to vote in Iowa, whether you are a resident of this state or not, here is how it works:
Step 1: Visit this website and print out the Voter Registration form.
Step 2: Fill out the form completely, making sure to use your Iowa address as the mailing address (and no alternate address) and your last 4 digits of your social security number (if you don't have an Iowa license). Also, make sure to include the address where you were previously registered to vote (if it isn't Iowa).
Step 3: Fold the form according to the directions.
Step 4: Tape or staple it shut.
Step 5: Put a stamp on it!
Step 6: Stick it in the mail.
That's it. That is really all there is too it. Prior to election day, a Voter Card will come in the mail with information about voting. You do not need to bring the card when you go to the polls. They say you usually won't need an ID either, but make sure to bring a photo ID just in case (I don't quite believe them so better safe than sorry!).
Post By Amber K. Lewandowski