November 6, 2018 General Election




Important dates and deadlines

  •  July 9: First day to request mailed absentee ballots, 120 days before election.  (Change in state law: previous law did not specify a first day.)
  • July 30 – August 17: Federal and State candidate filing period.  File with Iowa Secretary of State.
  • August 6 – August 29: County candidate filing period.  File with auditor’s office.  Papers must be filed in the Auditor’s office by 5:00 p.m. on the 29th.
  • Saturday, September 22: Military and overseas ballots must be mailed by this date, 45 days before election.
  • Monday, October 8: First day for in-person early voting at auditor’s office and Election Annex.
  • Saturday, October 27: Voter pre-registration deadline, 5 p.m.  Voters may still register after this date using election day registration procedure (ID and proof of address required).
  • Saturday, October 27: Deadline to request mailed absentee ballot, same as pre-registration deadline.  Requests must be in our office by 5 p.m.  (Change in state law: previously was 5 p.m. on the Friday 4 days before the election.)
  • Saturday, November 3: Auditor’s office and Election Annex open for voting. (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, November 5: Last day to vote early in-person at the Election Annex or Auditor’s Office, 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
  • Tuesday, November 6: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vote at regular polling places.  (You cannot vote at the Courthouse. Election Annex is only open to voters in precinct 16) Change in state law: Voters will be asked for ID.
  • Monday, November 12: Offices closed for observance of Veteran’s Day
  • Tuesday, November 13: County Canvass by Board of Supervisors