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Here's how to register to vote in Iowa

You can register to vote online or by printing off, filling out and sending in a voter registration form to your county auditor's office.

DES MOINES, Iowa — If you're planning to vote this November, you'll need to make sure you're registered. 

Iowans are able to register to vote on Election Day at their polling location, but Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said the sooner you can register the better. 

"You can do it at the polls. I encourage people, though, if they can, to do it at their county auditor's beforehand. I just want it to be as smooth as possible for them on Election Day," Pate told Local 5's Rachel Droze. 

Here are the requirements to vote in Iowa: 

  • You must be a U.S. citizen
  • You must be an Iowa resident
  • You must be at least 17 years old (18 years old on or before Election Day)

Some Iowa felons are able to vote in the election this year following Gov. Kim Reynolds' executive order signed in August

The SOS's website says you cannot register to vote if you've been judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court or if you've claimed the right to vote in any other place.

There are several ways you can register to vote.

To register online, you'll need an Iowa driver's license or non-operator's ID. Then, click here and complete the online steps through the Iowa Department of Transportation's website.

You can also print out and fill out the registration form below. 

If you don't have a driver's license or non-operator ID, this may be the best option for you because you can use the last four digits of your Social Security Number of simply check that you don't have any of the other documentation.

Once filled out, sign it, date it and send it to your county auditor's office.