November 5, 2019 - City/School Election
Election Day Information
Polling Times: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling Locations: Due to the legislative change combining the school and city elections, all 43 Story County precincts will be open for voting. Polling locations will be the same as the locations for the 2018 General election (with the exception of any permanent site change).
Find Your Polling Place
As of January 1, 2019, identification is required at the polling place. More information is available here.
Filing Period, City offices: Aug. 26 to Sept. 19 (file with respective city clerk)
Filing Period, School offices: Aug. 26 to Sept. 19 (file with respective school board secretary)
Signature Requirements for Nomination Petitions: Signature Requirements (PDF)
Nomination Petition (PDF) | Affidavit of Candidacy (PDF)
Candidate List (FINAL)
Sample Ballots (all PDF)
City of Ames
Ames 1-1 | Ames 1-2 | Ames 1-3 (Ames CSD) (Nevada CSD) | Ames 1-4 | Ames 1-5 (Ames CSD) (Gilbert CSD)
Ames 2-1 | Ames 2-2 | Ames 2-3 (Ames CSD) (Gilbert CSD) | Ames 2-4 | Ames 2-5
Ames 3-1 (Ames CSD) (United CSD) | Ames 3-2 | Ames 3-3 | Ames 3-4 | Ames 3-5
Ames 4-1 | Ames 4-2 | Ames 4-3 | Ames 4-4 | Ames 4-5
Other Cities (includes respective school districts)
School Districts Only (township residents)
The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 25, 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.
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 temporarily suspended.
(2) Request forms will not be accepted more than 120 days prior to the election. (not before July 8, 2019)
(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, Oct. 7, and will be available during regular business hours until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 4.
Absentee Voting (by mail)
The first day that ballots may be mailed is Monday, Oct. 7. The last day that ballots will be mailed out is Friday, Oct. 25. The request must be received in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. that day. On the request form, mark "City/School" under type of election, or fill in the election date (11/05/2019) in the proper area.
Satellite voting is in-person absentee voting at a location other than the Auditor's Office. Absentee voting rules apply. Ballots for all Story County precincts will be available.
Friday, Oct. 18: ISU Memorial Union, Pride Lounge (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.)
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. 4. All ballots must be received in the Auditor's Office by Tuesday, Nov. 12.
In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor's Office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 5). 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. Names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, should 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.