General Election

November 3, 2020 - General Election

Election Day Information

Polling Times: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Polling Locations: TBA
Identification Requirements

Candidate Information

Offices appearing on the General Election ballot (PDF)
Candidate List (updated September 1)
Information about judicial retention elections

Sample Ballots

Each ballot is two-sided. 


Ames 1-1 | Ames 1-2 | Ames 1-3 | Ames 1-4 | Ames 1-5 | Ames 2-1 | Ames 2-2 | Ames 2-3 | Ames 2-4 | Ames 2-5 [23-46] [24-48]
Ames 3-1 | Ames 3-2 | Ames 3-3 | Ames 3-4 | Ames 3-5 [23-45] [24-48] | Ames 4-1 | Ames 4-2 | Ames 4-3 | Ames 4-4 | Ames 4-5

Cambridge | Collins | Colo | Gilbert | Huxley | Kelley | Maxwell | McCallsburg
Nevada 1 | Nevada 2 | Nevada 3 | Nevada 4
Roland | Slater/Sheldahl | Story City | Zearing

Collins Twp | Franklin Twp | Grant Twp | Howard Twp | Indian Creek Twp
Lafayette Twp | Lincoln Twp | Milford Twp | Nevada Twp | New Albany Twp
Palestine Twp | Richland Twp | Sherman Twp | Union Twp | Warren Twp | Washington Twp

Voter Registration

The voter pre-registration deadline is Saturday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. The Auditor’s Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

Register online via the Iowa DOT (for voters with an Iowa driver’s license or Iowa non-operator ID)
Download a paper version of the registration form (PDF)
Check your registration status (Iowa Secretary of State website)

New registrants after the deadline -- including on Election Day -- will follow Election Day Registration procedures. Proof of identity and proof of residence will be required.

Absentee Voting

(1) Your absentee request form MUST include an ID number -- EITHER your Iowa driver’s license (or non-operator ID) number, OR the 4-digit PIN on the new voter ID card.
(2) Domestic request forms will not be accepted more than 120 days prior to the election. 
(3) Absentee voting can begin no more than 29 days prior to the election.
(4) The deadline to request a mailed ballot is 10 days prior to the election (Saturday, October 24 by 5:00 pm).
NOTE: The request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m. on the final day.


At the Administration Building:  In-person voting begins Monday, Oct. 5, and will be available until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 2.  Absentee voting in the Administration Building will also be available on Saturday, Oct. 24, and Saturday, Oct 31.  All voting will take place on the main floor of the Administration Building, 900 6th St, Nevada.  Due to construction on city streets, access to the main parking lot is currently only available from 6th Street, between I Avenue and J Avenue.  Unless otherwise noted, the Administration Building will be open for in-person absentee voting from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday.

Satellite Voting:  Satellite voting is in-person absentee voting at a location other than the Administration Building.  Absentee voting rules apply. Satellite voting schedule.

Identification Requirements:  As of June 30, 2020, pre-registered voters must present identification prior to voting absentee in-person.  Identifications requirements are the same as those for pre-registered voters voting on Election Day.  It is highly recommended that unregistered voters bring both proof of identification and proof of residency with them, regardless of date.

By Mail

The first day that ballots will be mailed is Monday, Oct. 5. The last day to request a mailed ballot is Saturday, Oct. 24. The ballot request must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 5 p.m that day. On the request form, mark "General" under type of election, or fill in the election date (11/03/2020) in the proper area.

Returning Your Mailed Absentee Ballot

By Mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage. The return envelope must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 2, and received in the Auditor’s Office by Monday, Nov. 9.

In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor’s Office up until 9 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 3). For contact-free return, please use the official absentee ballot drop box located in front of the Administration Building.  Completed ballots may not be dropped off or used at polling locations.  You may also return your mailed ballot to any satellite voting location.

By Designee. You may designate someone else to mail or deliver your ballot for you. The instructions included in your mailed absentee ballot packet include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.

Absentee Forms and Information

Absentee Request Form - DOMESTIC voters (PDF)
Absentee Voting Information (Iowa Secretary of State)
Track Your Absentee Ballot (Iowa Secretary of State)

Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters (PDF)
Federal Voting Assistance Program

Poll Watching

A poll watcher is a person who has official permission to be at the polling place on election day. It is encouraged that names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, be submitted to the County Auditor prior to election day.

Poll Watcher’s Guide
Poll Watcher’s Designation Form
Poll Watcher Poster

If you have questions regarding poll watching, please contact the Auditor’s Office or the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office.