November 3, 2020 - General Election
Election Day Information
*Non-party political organization (NPPO) and "nominated by petition" candidates will file in March.
*Party nominees from the June primary will automatically advance to the November ballot.
Filing period, President/VIce President: July 27-Aug. 14 (file with Secretary of State)
Filing period, U.S. Senate, U.S. Representative, state races: Feb. 24-March 13 (file with Secretary of State)
Filing period, county offices: March 2-20 (file with County Auditor)
Filing period, township offices: March 2-20 (file with County Auditor)*
Filing period, Soil and Water Conservation offices: March 2-20 (file with County Auditor)
Filing period, County Hospital trustees: March 2-20 (file with County Auditor)*
Filing period, Ag Extension Council offices: closes Aug. 26 (file with County Auditor)
* per HF2486, signed by the Governor on 6/25/20, the filing deadline for Township Trustees and County Hospital Trustees is extended until 5:00 pm on 8/26/20. Deadline is extended for 2020 ONLY.
Sample Ballots (available in September)
The ballot is two-sided. The rear of the ballot is identical for most precincts.
Rear of ballot (TBA)
Front of Ballot
Ames 1-1 | Ames 1-2 | Ames 1-3 | Ames 1-4 | Ames 1-5 | Ames 2-1 | Ames 2-2 | Ames 2-3 | Ames 2-4 | Ames 2-5 [23-46] [24-48]
Ames 3-1 | Ames 3-2 | Ames 3-3 | Ames 3-4 | Ames 3-5 [23-45] [24-48] | Ames 4-1 | Ames 4-2 | Ames 4-3 | Ames 4-4 | Ames 4-5
Cambridge | Collins | Colo | Gilbert | Huxley | Kelley | Maxwell | McCallsburg
Nevada 1 | Nevada 2 | Nevada 3 | Nevada 4
Roland | Slater/Sheldahl | Story City | Zearing
Collins Twp | Franklin Twp | Grant Twp | Howard Twp | Indian Creek Twp
Lafayette Twp | Lincoln Twp | Milford Twp | Nevada Twp | New Albany Twp
Palestine Twp | Richland Twp | Sherman Twp | Union Twp | Warren Twp | Washington Twp
The voter pre-registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. The Auditor’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.
Register online via the Iowa DOT (for voters with an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID)
Download a paper version of the registration form (PDF)
Check your registration status (Iowa Secretary of State website)
New registrants after the deadline -- including on Election Day -- will follow Election Day Registration procedures. Proof of identity and proof of residence will be required.
(1) Your absentee request form MUST include an ID number -- EITHER your Iowa driver’s license (or non-operator ID) number, OR the 4-digit PIN on the new voter ID card.
(2) Domestic request forms will not be accepted more than 120 days prior to the election. Do not send requests prior to July 4.
(3) Absentee voting can begin no more than 29 days prior to the election.
(4) The deadline to request a mailed ballot is 10 days prior to the election.
NOTE: The request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on the final day.
Absentee Voting (in-person)
In-person voting begins Monday, Oct. 5, and will be available until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2. In-person voting will also be available on Saturday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct 31.
Satellite voting is in-person absentee voting at a location other than the Auditor’s Office. Absentee voting rules apply. The schedule for satellite voting opportunities will be released once it is finalized.
Absentee Voting (by mail)
The first day that ballots will be mailed is Monday, Oct. 5. The last day that ballots will be mailed is Saturday, Oct. 24. The ballot request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m that day. On the request form, mark "General" under type of election, or fill in the election date (11/03/2020) in the proper area.
Returning Your Absentee (mail) Ballot
By Mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage. The return envelope must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 2, and received in the Auditor’s Office by Monday, Nov. 9.
In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor’s Office up until 9 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). For contact-free return, please use the official absentee ballot drop box located in front of the Administration Building. Completed ballots may not be dropped off or used at polling locations.
By Designee. You may designate someone else to mail or deliver your ballot for you. The instructions included in your mailed absentee ballot packet include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.
Absentee Forms and Information
MILITARY or OVERSEAS VOTERS
Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters (PDF)
Federal Voting Assistance Program
A poll watcher is a person who has official permission to be at the polling place on election day. It is encouraged that names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, be submitted to the County Auditor prior to election day.
If you have questions regarding poll watching, please contact the Auditor’s Office or the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.