The Primary Election is an election to determine which candidates will qualify for the General Election for a given party. In Iowa you must be a member of the political party of which you wish to vote for in order to participate. This is known as a "closed primary." The primary election is held on the 1st Tuesday following the 1st Monday in June of each even-numbered year.
Iowa has a closed Primary which means voters will vote on either a Democratic ballot or a Republican ballot. If the voter votes a ballot and is not currently registered with that party, their voter registration will be updated to that party’s affiliation. If the voter wishes to change their registration back, they may do so once the election is closed and certified.
Polling locations are changing for this election. Please scroll to the list of locations to find your precinct information.
Upcoming Dates and Deadlines
April 23 - Absentee Ballots will start being mailed out
May 4 - First day to vote in-person absentee
May 22 - Voter pre-registration deadline; Deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed (open until 5 pm)
May 25 - Memorial Day; Auditor's office closed
May 29 - Auditor's office open until 5 pm
May 30 - Saturday; Auditor's office open 9 am - 5 pm
June 1 - Absentee ballot in-person deadline (open until 5 pm)