On November 4, Election Day, Iowans will cast their ballots on key federal, state, and local races, and your vote is important. Democracy only works when informed citizens take the initiative to participate. If you have not yet registered to vote, now is the time to do so. Here is what you need to know about registering to vote:

When is the deadline to register?

The deadline to vote in the election on Tuesday, November 4 is Saturday, October 25.

However, if you have missed the registration deadline, you may still register to vote and cast your ballot during early voting or on Election Day. All you have to do is go to your regular polling place or early voting site. You can find that information here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/pollingplace/search.aspx. There, you will need to prove both who you are and where you live. The easiest way to do this is to produce your valid Iowa driver's license with your current address printed on it.

Who is eligible to register to vote?

You can register to vote if you will be at least 18 years of age by Election Day, are a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Iowa, and have not been convicted of a felony or judged mentally incompetent by a court of law.

How do I register?

You can register to vote by mail or in person. To register by mail, download, print, and complete the voter registration form that is available on the Secretary of State's website: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/voteapp.pdf. Return the form to your county auditor's office by October 25. You can also register to vote in person at your county auditor any time before the voter registration deadline.

Am I already registered to vote?

You can check to see if you are already registered to vote on the Secretary of State's website: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterreg/regtovote/search.aspx/.

For more information visit Senator Harkin's website at  http://harkin.senate.gov/, or follow him on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/ and Twitter  https://twitter.com/.

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