Simpson's student-led voter engagement team at the Culver Public Policy Center has created this page to update students about voting and elections during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have any questions or concerns while attempting to vote on Election Day you can call the Iowa Voter Hotline at 1-888-SOS-VOTE or reach out to any of Simpson’s Voter Engagement Fellows tabling throughout campus on Election Day.
Election Day Voting
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. An altered class schedule will be observed that day to allow everyone the opportunity to vote. The break in classes between 12:05 p.m. and 2 p.m. provides a great opportunity to visit the appropriate polling location and cast a ballot.
|Normal Class Schedule||Altered Class Schedule|
|8 – 9:30 a.m.||8 – 9:15 a.m.|
|9:40 – 11:10 a.m.||9:25 – 10:40 a.m.|
|11:20 a.m. – 12:50 p.m.||10:50 a.m. – 12:05 p.m.|
|Break: 12:05 – 2 p.m.|
|1 – 2 p.m.||2 – 2:50 p.m.|
|2:10 – 3:40 p.m.||3 – 4:15 p.m.|
|3:50 – 5:20 p.m.||4:25 – 5:40 p.m.|
Polling Locations and Shuttle Service
Students voting on Election Day will need to go to the correct polling locations (see below). There will be a free shuttle service to the Masonic Hall for students in Precincts 3 and 5. The shuttle will pick up students by the Kent Campus Center loading dock (west side, along D St.) on Tuesday, Nov. 3 during the following times:
- 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
- 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Warren County Administrative Building
301 N Buxton, Indianola
- Barker Hall
- Colonial House
- Delta Delta Delta
- Kresge Hall
- Pi Beta Phi
- Station Square
- La Casa Unida
- Washington Apartments
Precincts 3 & 5
1606 Hwy 92, Indianola
- Alpha Tau Omega
- Buxton Hall
- Carver Cultural Center
- Clinton Apartments (Precinct 5)
- Detroit Apartments
- Hamilton House (Precinct 5)
- Kappa Kappa Gamma
- Kappa Theta Psi
- Lambda Chi Alpha
- Performing Arts House
- Picken Hall
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon
- Sigma Lambda Gamma
- Weinman Apartments
- Women's and Gender Resource Center
What to bring on Election Day
Students voting in-person on Election Day have two options:
- Students not registered to vote will need to bring a photo ID and Simpson College lease agreement to the polling location in order to complete same-day registration. Lease agreements can be picked up from the front desk of Student Development on the second floor of Kent Campus Center from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Students registered to vote at their current address will only need to bring a photo ID to the polling location.
Early voting in Iowa runs from Oct. 5 – Nov. 2. Students registered to vote at their campus address (or anywhere in Warren County) can vote early, in person at the Warren County Auditor’s office at 301 North Buxton, south doors. The Warren County building is just steps from campus - across Clinton Avenue from Carver Science Center and Smith Chapel.
The Warren County Auditor’s office is offering both walk-up and drive-up voting options. Early voting dates are:
- Weekdays: October 5 through November 2, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
- Saturdays: October 24 and 31, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Students can also register to vote and cast a ballot in person at the same time at the Warren County Auditor’s office. Remember to bring a valid photo ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, tribal ID) and a copy of your Simpson College lease agreement, which is available from the front desk at Student Development in Kent Campus Center. (Please note that if you have an Iowa driver’s license that has expired during 2020, you can still use it to prove identity for voting purposes; the state has granted an exception due to the pandemic.)
Students will need to know the address of their on-campus residence. If registered to vote, this information can be located on the back of a voter ID PIN card.
The Culver Public Policy Center’s Voter Engagement Team has produced a video that explains everything students need to know about early voting in Warren County, Iowa.
Students from Iowa may wish to vote absentee from their home address. To cast an absentee ballot by mail, Iowa residents who are already registered at their home address can fill out this form. Once completed, the absentee ballot request must be mailed to their county auditor, who will then mail that student their ballot. Iowa residents who request an absentee ballot can track their ballot here.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot is October 24.
Mailed ballots must be post-marked by November 2 in order to be counted.
Out-of-state students may be able to vote by mail if they are registered in their home state. Out-of-state students can find their state’s election rules and deadlines here. Out-of-state students can always register using their campus address and vote here in Iowa if they choose. Iowa does not offer online voter registration for out-of-state students, so please submit a paper form, which is available here.