Iowa Voting Records
|Iowa Wiki Topics|
|Local Research Resources|
- 1897-1904 Iowa, Iowa City, Voter Registers, 1897-1904 at FamilySearch — How to Use this Collection; index and images
Voting Rights History
- By 1856: Universal white male suffrage
- 1870: The 15th Amendment is passed and prohibits restricting suffrage based on race
- 1919: Women are given the right to vote
What Can be Found in the Records
In Iowa, voting registers were often arranged alphabetically by the names of citizens eligible to vote. For more information about how Voter Records can help your genealogical research see United States Voting Records.
Voting records often contain:
- Birth place
- Years living in city, county, state
- Whether naturalized, date, court
How to Find Voter Records
Most voter records were kept on the county level (for New England states this should be town level). To see what FamilySearch has for your county (town) of research follow these steps:
- Go to the FamilySearch Catalog and in the place field type in Iowa
- Go to United States, Iowa
- Once there, click on "Places within United States, Iowa"
- Select the county that contains your town of interest
- If FamilySearch has voter records for your county, they will be under "Voting Registers"
- Wikipedia contributors, "Timeline of voting rights in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia,"https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_voting_rights_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Black suffrage," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_suffrage#United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.
- Wikipedia contributors, "Women's suffrage in the United States," in "Wikipedia: the Free Encyclopedia," https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_suffrage_in_the_United_States, accessed 2 February 2020.