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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.

Scheduled Elections In Iowa

June 5,2018 2018 Primary Election June 5
November 6,2018 2018 General Election November 6
November 3,2020 2020 November 3 General Election

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 Ballot Access - Filing begins:Candidate Filing Period
August 17, 2018 Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends:Candidate Filing Period
October 27, 2018 Voter Pre-Registration Deadline:Voter Pre-Registration Deadline

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

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

The Opening And Closing Times For Polling Places

Polls open from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM
For Primary and General Elections, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. statewide. For other elections, please contact your county auditor for the polling place hours.

Am I Eligible To Vote in Iowa?

You cannot register to vote if:
  • You are a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored)
  • You are judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court
  • You claim the right to vote in any other place
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