June 5, 2018 - Primary Election
Election Day Information
Frequently Asked Questions
Primary Election FAQs
NOTE: Precinct designations can be found in the upper-left corner of each ballot. Ames 2-5 and Ames 3-5 will each have multiple ballot styles because those precincts are in multiple state senate/state representative districts.
The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, May 25, by 5 p.m. (Voter Registration form)
Iowa law also allows you to register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently reside. You will be required to show proof of residence and proof of identity.
For the Primary Election, you MUST select either Democratic, Republican or Libertarian on the absentee ballot request form. This selection determines which ballot you receive. You will also subsequently be registered with that party until the election has ended. To change your party affiliation after the Primary, submit a new voter registration form to the Auditor's Office.
ELECTION LAW CHANGES FOR 2018 - ABSENTEE VOTING
(1) Your absentee request form MUST include an ID number. The two acceptable numbers are your Iowa driver's license number, or the 4-digit PIN on the new voter ID card.
(2) 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 11 days prior to the election (10 days for a General election).
NOTE: The request must be received in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. on the final day.
Absentee Voting (in-person):
Voting in the Auditor's Office begins Monday, May 7, and will be available during regular business hours until 5 p.m., Monday, June 4. The Auditor's Office will also be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 2.
Absentee Voting (by mail):
The first day that ballots will be mailed is Monday, May 7. The last day to request a ballot by mail is Friday, May 25. The request must be received in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. that day.
On the request form, mark "Primary" under type of election, or fill in the election date (06/05/2018) in the proper area.
Ballots received in the mail can be returned by any of the following methods:
By mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage. The postmark must be no later than Monday, June 4. The completed ballot must also be received in the Auditor's Office by Monday, June 11.
In person. You may deliver your ballot to the County Auditor's office up until 9 p.m. on Election Day (June 5). Completed ballots may not be dropped off or used at polling locations.
By designee. You may designate someone else to mail or deliver your ballot for you. The instructions included in your mailed Absentee Ballot include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.
MILITARY or OVERSEAS VOTERS
Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters
Federal Voting Assistance Program
A poll watcher is a person who has official permission to be at the polling place on election day. Names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, should be submitted to the County Auditor prior to election day.
If you have questions regarding poll watching, please contact the Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.