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.
Important 2020 Polling Place Information click here.
2020 Primary Election
February 3: First day to request mailed absentee ballots.
February 24 - March 13, Federal and State candidate filing period. File with the Iowa Secretary of State.
March 2 - March 25, County candidate filing period. File with the auditor's office. Signature requirements: 90 signatures for Republicans and 60 for Democrats (2% of party vote in last general election, maximum 100)
April 23: First day to mail domestic absentee ballots. (Temporary change from May 4 due to COVID-19 emergency.)
May 4 - First day for in-person absentee voting at auditor's office and first day to mail domestic absentee ballots.
May 22 - Voter pre-registration deadline and last day to request mailed absentee ballot, by 5 p.m. Voters are still able to register after this date using election day registration procedure. For election day registration requirements click here.
May 25: Memorial Day, office closed.
June 1: Last day for in-person absentee voting, 7:45 AM to 5:00 PM Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.