How to Vote as a College Student

It’s that time again. Elections are coming up, and every vote counts, including yours! As college students, voting is probably new to a lot of us so I thought I’d share some information on how to get registered to vote in November.

2018 isn’t a presidential election year, but there are other important elections:

  • 1/3 of US Senators
  • US House of Representative seats (435)
  • 36 governors
  • 3 US territory governors
  • City mayors

For more information on 2018’s elections, click here.

Photo by Aaron Schwartz.

In Iowa, you can either pre-register to vote 11 days before elections, or you can register when you vote. You can also vote by absentee ballot if you are registered to vote in Iowa. To learn more about Iowa’s voting laws for college students and to register online, click here.

You can also register to vote online on You can also check your registration status or get your absentee ballot there as well!

On November 6, from 7am-9pm you can cast your votes! Depending on your location and zip code, the place you vote will change. Click here to see where you need to go to vote. 

Photo by Arnaud Jaegers.

Elections are important because this is your chance to speak up and make a change. Your input can make a difference in how our country will run. Stand up for what you believe in and go vote!

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