Primary Election

June 2, 2020 - Primary Election

Election Day Information

Polling Times: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Polling Locations: TBA

Candidate Information

Filing period, state/federal offices: Feb. 24 to March 13 (file with Secretary of State)
Filing period, county offices: March 2 to March 25 (file with County Auditor)
Positions on the Ballot (PDF)
Candidate List (updated March 26)

Information Page from the Iowa Secretary of State
Candidate Guide
Affidavit of Candidacy | Nomination Petition

Sample Ballots (available in April)





NOTE: Precinct designations can be found in the upper-left corner of each ballot. Ames 2-5 and Ames 3-5 will each have multiple ballot styles because those precincts are in multiple state senate/state representative districts.

Voter Registration

The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 22, at 5 p.m. (Voter Registration Form)

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.

Absentee Voting

For the Primary Election, you MUST select either Democratic or Republican on the absentee ballot request form. This selection determines which ballot you receive. You will also subsequently be registered with that party until the election has ended. To change your party affiliation after the Primary, submit a new voter registration form to the Auditor’s Office.

(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. This requirement is suspended.
(2) Request forms will not be accepted more than 120 days prior to the election.
(3) Absentee voting can begin no more than 29 days prior to the election.
(4) The deadline to request a mailed ballot is 11 days prior to the election (10 days for a General election).
NOTE: The request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on the final day.

Absentee Voting (in-person):

Voting in the Auditor’s Office begins Monday, May 4, and will be available during regular business hours until 5 p.m., Monday, June 1. The Auditor’s Office will also be open on Saturday, May 30 (hours TBA).

Absentee Voting (by mail):

Request forms are now postage-paid.  For more information, read the Auditor’s press release regarding voting by mail and COVID-19.  The first day that ballots will be mailed is Monday, May 4 Thursday, April 23. The last day that ballots will be mailed is Friday, May 22. The request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. that day. On the request form, mark "Primary" under type of election, or fill in the election date (06/02/2020) 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, June 1. Ballots must be received in the Auditor’s Office by Monday, June 8.

In person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor’s office up until 9 p.m. on Election Day (June 2). 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 include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.

Absentee Forms and Information

Absentee Request Form - DOMESTIC voters (PDF)
Absentee Voting Information (Iowa Secretary of State)
Track Your Absentee Ballot (Iowa Secretary of State)

Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters (PDF)
Federal Voting Assistance Program

Poll Watching

A poll watcher is a person who has official permission to be at the polling place on election day. Names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, should be submitted to the County Auditor prior to election day.

Poll Watcher’s Guide
Poll Watcher’s Designation Form
Poll Watcher Poster

If you have questions regarding poll watching, please contact the Auditor’s Office or the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.