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Register. Research. Vote.

We want to make sure the Drake community has the knowledge and resources to exercise their civic voices and that we are all empowered to make our voices heard by exercising our right to vote. 

*Drake students voted at an almost 15% higher rate than the national average in 2020, with 8 in 10 (80.4%) of students voting! Read Drake's 2020 NSLVE Campus Report. 

Registering to Vote

To vote in Iowa, you must be registered to vote.
To qualify to register to vote, you must be:
  • A U.S. citizen,
  • An Iowa resident, and
  • At least 17 years old. A person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before election day. In the case of primary elections, a person may vote if they will be 18 years old on or before the corresponding regular election.

Drake students can be registered to vote either in Iowa or your home state - but you cannot vote in both places.  If you have a new address this year, be sure to update your address. For information specific to college students from the Secretary of State, visit here. 

Registering to Vote
  • To register to vote in Iowa, you can either register online or fill out and return a paper registration form from the Secretary of State's website.  You will receive a voter ID card in the mail after you register. (Drake students can stop by the Student Life Center (SLC) in Olmsted to fill out a paper form). 
    • To register online, you must have an Iowa driver's license
  • Applications for registration must be postmarked by Oct. 24 or received by 5pm on Oct. 28. 
  • You can register to vote on Election Day - be sure to bring proof of residency, e.g. residential lease, utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, etc.
  • Drake students living on campus, to access your residence hall address for proof of residency, you can sign into myDrake and under the My Drake Profile category select My Addresses. According to the Secretary of State's office you can print the page and take it to the polling place or show on a phone/mobile device. We highly recommend you bring a printout of your proof of residency when going to vote.   
  • The Secretary of State's website allows you to check your voter registration status, update your registration or address, learn requirements and more. 
  • Check your voter registration status
  • We've partnered with the non-partisan Student PIRGs New Voter Project - register to vote at https://studentvote.org/?source=Drake and get important updates on upcoming deadlines and dates, etc. 

Important Dates

2022 Election Dates

November 8, 2022 - General Election

Voting

Voting on Election Day

Find your polling place on the Secretary of State's website. Drake's Polling Place is Hope + Elim Church - Des Moines, 2500 University Ave., near Drake's campus. 

Voter ID Laws in Iowa

Voters are required to show a form of ID at the polls. This can be an Iowa Driver's license, U.S. passport, and an IA voter ID card (which you will receive in the mail after registration). If you don't have one of the above, another registered voter in your precinct may attest to your identity. If you forget your identification or don't have the correct forms, you may still cast a provisional ballot and then return with the identification.

Early Voting by Absentee Ballot

With the Covid-19 pandemic ongoing, you may decide to submit an absentee ballot so you don't have to go to the polls in person. You must request an absentee ballot request form in order to receive your ballot in the mail. And check out the Absentee Voting Guide from Cowles Library to learn more about how to vote in other states.

Track your ballot!

Drop off voter registration forms or absentee ballot request forms to the drop box in the Student Life Center in Olmsted or take to the county election office, 120 2nd Avenue. 

Need a paper voter registration form or absentee ballot request form? We can help. Contact stephanie.kiel@drake.edu and she can mail them to you or put in your on-campus mailbox. 

Students in Iowa can request an absentee ballot request form through Campus Elect's online tools at https://campuselect.org/voter-tools/. You'll receive a form and a stamped envelope addressed to your county election office. Just sign the form, put it in the envelope and mail it.

Know your Rights - you have rights when it comes to being a voter. Learn more. 

Voter Education

Learn more about the candidates and their positions on key issues:

Vote Smart's mission is to provide free, factual, unbiased information on candidates and elected officials to all Americans. Explore their website to learn more. 

Campus Elect has also come out with candidate guides - visit https://campuselect.org/voter-education/candidate-issue-guides/

Stay Civically Engaged

There's many ways to stay civically engaged in your community aside from voting. 

Questions? Reach out to Stephanie Kiel, Community Engagement Peer for Civic Engagement, at stephanie.kiel@drake.edu.  Interested in helping with voter engagement outreach? Contact Stephanie!

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