Voter Registration Information

Below you will find helpful information to complete your voter registration and ensure your address verification is correct come voting day. If you have any questions about voting or registering to vote in Story County please contact the Story County Auditor's Office. 515-382-7210

Registering to Vote:

As a college student, you may choose to register to vote at your home address or at your college address. You cannot register to vote at both.

To pre-register to vote in Story County, complete and sign the Postage Paid Story County Voter Registration Form and mail to the address indicated on the form. The Story County auditor will send you a voter registration card within two weeks. 

Online Voter Registration through the Iowa DOT:

You must have an Iowa driver's license or ID number to be able to utilize this site.

Pre-Registration Deadlines:

  • 15 days before all other elections

Election Day Registration:

You may register and vote on election day if you miss the pre-registration deadline. To do so, you first must go to the correct polling place for your current address on election day.
If you are unsure of your polling place, Find Your Precinct/Polling Place.
At the polling place, you must prove both who you are and where you live. The best way to do this is with your valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address printed on it.

Proof of ID

If you do not have an Iowa driver’s license, you may use a photo ID that is current, valid, and contain an expiration date. The following are acceptable IDs:

  • Iowa non-driver ID card
  • Out-of-state driver's license or non-driver ID card
  • U.S. passport
  • U.S. military or veteran ID
  • ID card issued by employer
  • Student ID issued by Iowa high school or college (If your ISUCard was received June 1, 2020 or after, it is a valid proof of ID for voting.)
  • Tribal ID card/document 

Proof of Residence

If your photo ID does not contain your current address, you may use another document to prove where you live if it contains your name and current address and is current within 45 days. The following are acceptable proofs of residence:

  • Residential lease
  • Utility bill (including a cell phone bill)
  • Bank statement
  • Paycheck
  • Government check or other government document
  • ISU Voter Registration Address Verification

ISU Voter Registration Address Verification

To help assist you to register to vote on Election Day there is a Voter Registration Address Verification page that can be found on your student tab in Access Plus. After logging in to Access Plus you will click your Student tab and click 'Voter Reg Address' on the bottom left side of the screen. When registering to vote on Election Day you can show this document to poll workers to prove your residency in Ames (this page can be printed out or shown on an electronic device). To update your address, please use the 'Address Change' link found in your Student Tab. Please note that this page does not indicate your personal voter registration status.


If you cannot prove who you are and where you live with the documents listed above, a registered voter from your precinct may attest for you. Both you and the attester will be required to sign an oath swearing the statements being made are true.

Falsely attesting or being attested for is registration fraud. It is a class “D” felony and is punishable by a fine of up to $10,245 and up to 5 years in prison.

Postage Paid Story County Voter Registration Form:

The form in the link below is a postage paid voter registration form. You may type your information in before printing to ensure legibility when the form is received. This form is provided to you by the Story County Auditor's Office. Contact their office with any questions or concerns. 515-382-7210

Absentee Ballot Request:

You can download an absentee ballot request from for any county in Iowa from the Secretary of State’s web site. This form requires a stamp. IF YOU MOVE BEFORE ELECTION DAY: Absentee ballots cannot be forwarded and must be returned to the County Auditor’s office.

If you are registered to vote in Story County, you can also download an absentee ballot request form from the Story County Auditor. This form is postage-paid but can only be used by Story County voters.

If you are a resident of another state and wish to vote outside of Iowa, the Campus Vote Project has registration and absentee ballot request information for all 50 states.

For More Information:

Carrie Chapman Catt Center for women and Politics:

Story County Auditors Webpage:

Iowa Secretary of State Webpage:

*This website was last updated 9/22/2022. Please contact the Story County Auditor to confirm currrent voter information or with any questions. 515-382-7210