Primary Election

In a primary election, no candidates are elected.  Instead, voters who are affiliated with political parties nominate their candidates to run in the general election.  Only voters affiliated with a political party may vote, but any Iowa voter may declare or change party affiliation at any time.  Currently, Iowa has two groups with full political party status: the Democratic and Republican parties.

State law created a new category of party called a "political organization" in 2008. These parties do not hold primaries, but are included on voter registration forms. The Greens and Libertarians have qualified as political organizations.  No ballot issues or non-partisan offices may be included with a primary election.

Sample Ballots


Offices that have opposition have candidate names rotated by precinct. The ballots will be made available to vote on April 28, 2016. View Sample Ballots in the Archive Center. Choose either the Republican or Democrat document.
 

Offices Positions on Ballot


Republican Ballot


Federal
US Senator
  • Charles E. Grassley
US Representative, District 1
  • Rod Blum
State
State Senator, District 28
  • Michael Breitbach
State Representative, District 55
  • Michael Bergan
  • Alex C. Popenhagen
State Representative, District 56
  • Lowell L. Engle
  • Kristi Hager
County
Supervisor
  • Chad L. Freeman
  • Ray Peterson
Auditor
  • Deborah Scott
Sheriff
  • Mike Tschirgi

Democratic Ballot


Federal
US Senator
  • Thomas L. Fiegen
  • Robert M. Hogg
  • Patty Judge
  • Bob Krause
US Representative, District 1
  • Pat Murphy
  • Monica Vernon
State
State Senator, District 28
  • Jan Heikes
State Representative, District 55
  • Steve McCargar
  • Pat Ritter
State Representative, District 56
  • Patti Ruff
County
Supervisor
  • Steve Doeppke
  • Michael W. Finnegan
  • Joleen M. Jansen
  • Lester Simons
Auditor
  • Jennifer Garms
  • Elizabeth Jaster
Sheriff
  • No Candidate Filed