Four Year No Activity Cards
Until 1994, Iowa voters saw their registrations cancelled if they had no
activity in four years. Since the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
(better known as "Motor Voter") became effective in 1995, no one's registration
is cancelled simply for not voting. Instead, the cancellation process depends on
whether or not you can receive mail at your address.
Under the requirements of Motor Voter, the county auditor sends Four
Year No Activity cards to any voter who has not shown any activity in that time.
- Voting in any election
- Registering or re-registering to vote
- Updating your address or any other information
- Requesting a new voter card
This notice is NOT a cancellation of your registration. However, if your card
is returned to our office by the Postal Service as undeliverable, we can then
begin the process of cancellation.
The Secretary of State will also send notices to voters who have
reported an address change to the U.S. Postal Service.
If you receive a four year no activity card and the address is correct:
No action is required. You can check the box marked "I am the person named above and I still live at
the address listed above," sign the card, and return it to our
office. You will be sent a new voter card, and this will show up as
activity on your voter registration record.
If you receive a four year no activity card and the address is incorrect:
Check the box marked "I am the person named above but I no longer live
at the address listed." Fill in your new street address and sign
If your new address is inside Johnson County, your voter registration
record will be updated and you will receive a new voter card. This
will show up as activity on your voter registration record.
If your new address is outside Johnson County, your Johnson County voter
registration will be cancelled. This does not register you to vote
in your new community. You will need to contact your local voter
registration office to register if you have not yet done so.
If a four year no activity card is returned to our office as undeliverable
by the Postal Service:
Your voter registration record will be placed on inactive
status. This is a preliminary step to cancellation of your record.
Voters whose cards are returned to our office in 2011 will remain
on inactive status for two general elections (2012 and 2014) and will be
cancelled in early 2015.
What if I get a card at my house for someone who no longer lives here?
Check the box marked "The person to whom this card is addressed does not live
at this address" and sign the card. The person will be placed on inactive
status. If the person is a family member or someone you know, you may wish
to contact the person and ask them to contact our office. We cannot cancel a
voter's record without the voter's own signature, unless:
- we receive notice from another jurisdiction that the voter has
- we receive notice that the voter has died or been convicted of a felony;
- the voter has been inactive through two general elections.
If a registration is cancelled for any reason other than death, we will mail
a letter to the voter's last registration address. If you receive one of these
letters and have not moved, please contact our office. If you receive one of these letters for someone who is no longer at
your address, you do not need to take any additional action.
Please contact our office with any questions.