LGBTQ Voting Resources
We have the chance to make our voices heard in one of the most important elections in recent history. But studies have shown 1 in 5 eligible LGBTQ voters are not registered to vote in the United States. We have compiled a list of relevant voting information for Iowans to ensure everyone makes their voices heard this election.
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.
Register to vote in Iowa here.
In Iowa, you must apply for an absentee ballot no later than Oct. 23rd at 5 p.m. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be postmarked by Nov 2nd. Learn more about voting absentee in Iowa and request your ballot here.
Find everything on your ballot in one place by simply entering your mailing address on Ballot Ready’s website. From county commissioners to ballot measures to judges, access everything on your entire ballot that you’ll see in the voting booth.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Iowa has a comprehensive guide to voting rights in America.
Voting Restoration for Felons in Iowa
Iowans with a felony conviction are eligible to vote if they have completed all terms of confinement, parole, probation, or other supervised releases for all felony convictions, including the completion of any special sentence.
Homelessness and Voting Rights in Iowa
According to GLAAD, 40 percent of youth experiencing homelessness are LGBTQ+, and 1 in 5 transgender people will experience homelessness at some point during their lives. But even if you are experiencing homelessness, you still have voting rights.
If your name doesn’t match what’s on your state ID.
Your voter registration gender marker and name needs to match your State ID. For 378,000 voting-eligible transgender people, that can make voting at the polls uncomfortable, and incongruous with their lived identity. Explore more about Iowa’s ID laws and update your registration using GLAAD’s Vote With Pride guide..
The 2020 election may be the most critical of our lifetimes in determining the future of our nation – and the future of our fight for full LGBTQ equality and acceptance here at home and around the world. GLAAD has teamed up with Headcount – a national organization that aims to increase voter registration and promote participation in democracy – to achieve the largest turnout of LGBTQ people and our allies in history at the polls this November.
Standout statistics from Vote With Pride campaign:
+27 states don’t have legislation that protects individuals from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, housing, and public accommodations.
+261 pieces of legislation at the federal level and 267 at the state level in 2019-2020 related to LGBTQ+ issues
A nationwide movement of Transgender people and allies transforming the nation by making their voices heard at the ballot box.
Become a Poll Worker in Iowa
America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the coronavirus. Our democracy depends on ordinary people who make sure elections run smoothly and everyone’s vote is counted. You can make sure we have a safe, fair, efficient election for all by becoming a poll worker on election day.
Sign up to be a poll worker in Iowa here.