College Students

As a college student, you are a large portion of the eligible voters and you can be part of shaping your community by taking part of the electoral process. Sadly, many college students do not register or cast a ballot.  The Linn County Election Services Office is hoping this information will encourage you to register and be part of the electoral process.

Pre-Registration Deadline

The pre-registration deadline is 10 days before a general election, like a Presidential or Gubernatorial Election, and 11 days before other elections.

Election Day Registration is also available after the pre-registration deadline. Election Day Registration allows you opportunity to register and on election day at your correct polling location. You must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration.  Click here to view information about Election Day Registration.

Do I Need an ID to Register?

No. The Iowa Voter Registration form will ask you to provide your Iowa driver’s license number, Iowa non-operator number or the last four digits for your Social Security Number. Failing to provide one of these numbers may result in you having to show additional information when you vote that show your picture or your name and address. Please be sure to provide this on the voter registration form so the Linn County Election Services Office can verify your identity. It is best to avoid any problems on election day when you go to cast your ballot!

Do I Register at School or Home?

College Students have a choice about where to register to vote.

School Address:

Students attending college in Linn County may register at their school address. You must plan to return after temporary absences, like summer break, but do not have to plan to reside at that address permanently.

Students attending Coe College or Cornell College must include what dorm/building they are residing in. Unfortunately, both college campuses cross precinct boundaries which require additional information like your dorm/building name. This additional information allows our office to place you in the correct precinct and issue the proper ballot.

Permanent Address:

Students may choose to register or remain registered at a permanent address in Iowa or outside the state. In this case, students may need to vote by absentee ballot.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

  • You typically do not need any ID to vote early or on Election Day in Iowa if you are already registered. But, you may be asked to show ID if you are a first -time voter who registered by mail, the election officials do not know you, or your right to vote has been challenged.
  • If you are not already registered to vote in Iowa and wish to register and vote on Election Day, you must provide proof of identity and residence at the polls to complete Election Day Registration.  Click here to view information about Election Day Registration.

Where Do I Vote?

  • Find your Linn County polling location online.
  • Voters must cast their ballots in the correct precinct. There are some polling locations that share the same facility. It is best to pay attention to signs and to be in the right line!

How Can I Vote?

By Mail

Iowa allows voters who expect to be away from, or unable to make it to, their polling location on Election Day to vote by mail-in ballot. Voters have to apply for a mail-in ballot. Applications must be received in the Linn County Election Services’ office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election. Voters may apply for a mail-in ballot at the office starting 70 days before Election Day and ending the Friday before the election. Completed mail-in ballots must be received by the Election Services’ office by the close of polls on Election Day, or postmarked by the day before Election Day and received by noon the following Monday.

Our mailing address is:
Linn County Election Services
935 2nd Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Early In-Person

Early voting begins no more than 40 days before an election at the Linn County Election Services’ Office.

Office hours are Monday through Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Our office is located in the Jean Oxley Public Service Center on the second floor at 935 2nd Street SW in Cedar Rapids. (Link to Google Maps)

On Election Day at the Polls

The polls are open from 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. for General (Presidential or Gubernatorial), Primary and Special Partisan Elections.

The polls are open from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. for School, City and Special Non-Partisan Election.

Find your Linn County polling location online.

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