How, When, and Where to Vote in Iowa’s Primary Election

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For more information on voting in the Iowa primaries, please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office.

Why do we vote in primaries?

Primaries function to “winnow” the field of candidates to just one candidate per party per office. Therefore, primaries are contests between candidates of the same party. The winner of each party’s primary for a specific office will face off in November. The winners in November will be then take office in January of 2023.

Have the districts changed since the last election?

Yes. Every ten years, following the census, new districts are drawn to equalize population. You can learn about Iowa’s new state and federal districts by checking out the state’s redistricting page. Local jurisdictions will also have new political boundaries and you should contact your county auditor for the latest information on those offices and precincts.

When is the primary?

Iowa Republicans and Democrats will go to the polls on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, to vote in their respective primaries. The polls will be open on from 7 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Can I Vote Before June 7?

There are options to vote early either through an absentee ballot or in person at your county auditor’s office. Read more about voting early on the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.

Wednesday, May 18 – First Day of Absentee Voting
Monday, May 23 – Deadline to Request Absentee Ballot to be Mailed
Saturday, June 4 – All 99 County Auditors Have Saturday Office Hours for In-Person Absentee Voting on this Saturday. This is an additional in-person early voting opportunity on top of their normal weekly Monday – Friday hours.
Monday, June 6 – Vote by Absentee In-Person Deadline
Tuesday, June 7 – Primary Election Day and Absentee Ballots Must Be Received by County Auditor

Where do I vote?

If you do not vote early by absentee or in person at your county auditor’s office, you will vote at your regular polling place location. If you are not aware where your polling location is, you can use this address search tool, provided by the Iowa Secretary of State, to find where to vote.

Who can participate?

To participate in the Republican or Democratic primary, an individual must be registered to vote in the State of Iowa. The voter must also be registered with the party of the primary they are voting in.

I’m currently registered as “No Party”. Can I vote in a primary?

Yes. However, before you can vote, you’ll have to re-register as either a Republican or Democrat and then participate in that party’s primary. You can only vote in the primary of the party that you are registered in. Since Iowa has same-day voter registration, you can change your registration at your polling location on the day of the primary. You can also change your registration at the auditor’s office or by sending in a voter registration form with your new party address.

What happens if none of the candidates get 35% in a contest?

If none of the candidates running for a party’s nomination amasses more than 35 percent of the vote, then the respective party will hold a convention to select a nominee. Delegates to a convention will include party members from precincts within the district or county. For more information, please visit the websites of the Republican Party of Iowa or the Iowa Democratic Party.

More Voting Resources

The office of Secretary of State Paul Pate has several online resources available to learn more about voting in Iowa. Visit their website: Voter Ready Iowa.

Disclaimer: This document is intended for general informational purposes only and is not meant to provide a comprehensive listing or overview of all voting information. Please contact your county auditor or the Iowa Secretary of State’s office for any additional information. This document was last updated on May 10, 2022 and may not necessarily reflect all the most recent or relevant information.

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