June 5, 2018 Primary Election

Primary Candidate’s Guide

For more information, you can visit the Secretary of State’s office at:
https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/primary/index.html

Important dates and deadlines

  • February 5: First day to request mailed absentee ballots, 120 days before election. (Change in state law; previous law did not specify a first day.)  Please note that absentee ballots cannot be mailed until Monday, May 7, 2018.
  • February 5: Party caucuses, 7 PM. Sites set by parties, not yet announced.
  • Please note that absentee ballots cannot be mailed until Monday, May 7, 2018.
  • Please note that absentee ballots cannot be mailed until Monday, May 7, 2018.
  • February 26 – March 16: Federal and State candidate filing period. File with Iowa Secretary of State.
  • March 5 – March 28: County candidate filing period. File with auditor’s office.
  • Saturday, April 23: Military and overseas ballots must be mailed by this date, 45 days before election.
  • Monday, May 7: First day for in-person early voting at auditor’s office and Election Annex. (Change in state law from previous 40 days before election.) First day to mail domestic absentee ballots, 29 days before election. (Change in state law; previous requirement was no later than 40 days before election.)
  • Friday. May 25: 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).
  • Friday. May 25: 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.)
  • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day, office closed.
  • Saturday, June 2: Auditor’s office and Election Annex open for voting. (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday, June 4: 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, June 5: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vote at regular polling places. Change in state law: Voters will be asked for ID.