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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Iowa.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2017 Election Dates & Deadlines

2017 Regular City November 7 -- Date: November 7,2017

September 22, 2017 Candidates: Last day to withdraw before the Election:Last day for candidates to withdraw by filing a written request with the auditor.
October 27, 2017 Voter Registration Begins:Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

2017 City Runoff December 5 -- Date: December 5,2017

November 27, 2017 Voter Registration Begins:Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 Primary Election June 5 -- Date: June 5,2018

March 21, 2018 Candidates: Last day to withdraw before the Election:Last day for candidates who filed with the Secretary of State to withdraw. Notice of withdrawal must be submitted in writing to the SOS.
March 28, 2018 Deadline for county clerk to summit a certified copy of the certification of election:Last day for the Secretary of State to certify candidates' names to the auditor.
May 25, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m.
May 25, 2018 Voter Pre-Registration Deadline:The deadline to pre-register to vote for the primary election is 5 p.m. This applies to registration in person (including registration at driver's license stations or agencies) or by mail
June 4, 2018 Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends:Last day to request and vote an absentee ballot in person at the auditor's office
June 11, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Absentee ballots that were postmarked the day before the election or earlier and received by noon today are considered to be on time to be counted

2018 General Election November 6 -- Date: November 6,2018

July 30, 2018 :Candidate Filing Period
August 17, 2018 :Candidate Filing Period
October 27, 2018 :Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020


Good To Know


Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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