City/School Election Day is November 5, 2019


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City/School Election

Important dates and deadlines

  • July 8: First day to request mailed absentee ballots, 120 days before election. Please note that absentee ballots for the regular election cannot be mailed until Monday, October 7, 2019.
  • August 12 – August 29: City of Dubuque candidate filing period. File with Dubuque City Clerk’s office. Papers must be filed in the Dubuque City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on the 29th.
  • August 26 – September 19: All other Cities candidate filing period. File with respective City Clerk’s office. School Board candidate filing period. File with School Board Secretary. All papers must be filed with respective filing officer by 5:00 p.m. on the 19th.
  • Tuesday, September 3: City Primary Election candidate withdrawal and objection deadline. City of Dubuque Clerk’s office open until 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, September 24: Regular City/School candidate withdrawal and objection deadline. City Clerks and School secretary’s office open until 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 7: First day to mail out absentee ballots.
  • Wednesday, October 9: First day absentee ballots can be available for regular City/School Election. In-Person voting starts at the Election Annex, 75 Locust St, 8:00 a.m.—4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 25: Voter pre-registration deadline, 5:00 p.m. Voters may still register after this date using election day registration procedure (ID and proof of address required). Correctly completed Voter Registration forms post marked by 10/21/2019 are considered timely even after received after this date.
  • Friday, October 25: Deadline to request mailed absentee ballot, same as pre-registration deadline. Requests must be in our office by 5:00 p.m. (post marks don’t count).
  • Friday, November 1: Last day to submit written challenges to absentee voters for regular City/School Election. The Election Annex and Auditor’s office will be open to 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, November 4: Last day to vote in-person at the Election Annex or Auditor’s Office, open until 5:00 p.m. Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
  • Tuesday, November 5: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Vote at General 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 11: Offices closed for observance of Veteran’s Day.
  • Tuesday, November 12: Canvass by Board of Supervisors.
  • Friday, November 15: Recount request deadline for Regular City/School Elections. Requests must be filed in writing by 5:00 p.m. with the Auditor.
  • Friday, November 15: Contest notice deadline. A statement of intent to contest the election must be filed in the city clerk’s office no later than 10 days after the election.
  • Monday or Tuesday, November 18th or 19th: Control county canvass for NICC Community College and City and School districts split between counties.
  • Friday, November 22: Write-In winner resignation deadline for cities. If a person is elected by write-in votes, they can submit their resignation in writing to the respective City Clerk by 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 2nd or Tuesday, December 3rd: Write-In resignation deadline for cities split between counties. If a person is elected by write-in votes, they can submit their resignation in writing to the respective City Clerk by 5:00 p.m.
  • Monday, December 9th: School contest notice deadline.