Election 2020: What You Need to Know in Johnson County

It’s hard to believe, but Election Day is just around the corner!

Many things have changed since we went to the polls four years ago. 2020 voters need to be aware of new requirements due to voter ID laws, absentee ballot information, and more.

Here’s everything you need to know to cast your ballot on Election Day:


First off, the most important question:

When is Election Day?

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. US citizens will vote for federal, state, and local offices. View the list of Johnson County candidates on the ballot.

How do I register to vote?

Check your voter registration status. If you’re not registered, you can check your eligibility and begin the process. 

One positive change: some felons are now allowed to vote in Iowa. View those new rules. 

How do I vote by mail?

Let’s start with the facts: voting by mail is safe and secure. Every year millions of Americans (including the President) vote by mail. Voting by mail is an especially good choice this year given the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can find information about requesting a ballot, deadlines for returning, and more from the Iowa Secretary of State and Johnson County Auditor.

I’m a Johnson County resident. Where is my polling location?

If you do decide to vote in person, you can find your polling place online. 

What do I need to bring to the polls?

Voter ID laws have changed. Iowa voters must present an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID, U.S. passport, U.S. military ID or veteran’s ID, tribal ID/document, or Iowa voter ID card at the polls before they vote. Registered voters who do not have a valid driver’s license or non-operator’s ID issued by the Iowa Department of Transportation will be issued a Voter ID Card. Learn more about these changes.

What if I have other questions about voting?

The Johnson County Auditor’s Office is a great place to start. It has all the information about ballot requests, voter ID changes, polling places, and more.


Voting is the best way to have a say in the future of your community, state and nation. It’s a privilege that many of us take for granted. Please make a plan to vote on November 3rd.

Meghann is the mom of 5 kids. She is a Lecturer at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication and an Owner/Partner at Brand Driven Digital. Meghann was elected to the Coralville City Council in 2017 and is currently serving her first term. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coralville Community Food Pantry (Vice-Chair) and on the DVIP Board of Directors. She is also a member of Johnson County's Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Policy Board. Meghann is passionate about her family, her community, and is a proud pop culture nerd.

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