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City Election
November 7, 2017 - City Election
Polling Times
Opening at 7 a.m.: Ames, Collins, Gilbert, Huxley, Kelley, Maxwell, McCallsburg, Nevada, Roland, Slater, Story City, Zearing
Opening at noon: Cambridge, Colo
All polling locations will close at 8 p.m.

Polling Locations
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Summary | By Precinct

Candidate Information
Candidate List (FINAL)

List of current city officials and their term end dates

Voter Registration
The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 27, by 5 p.m. (Voter Registration form)

After the pre-registration deadline, election day registration (EDR) procedures are followed. When using EDR, voters must both register and cast a ballot, whether it is an in-person absentee ballot or at the polls on Election Day.   

Iowa law allows you to register to vote on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct where you currently reside. Before Election Day, you may use EDR procedures at either the Auditor's Office or a satellite voting location.  You will be required to show proof of residence and proof of identity. 

Election Day Registration

Absentee Voting
Absentee Voting Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Absentee Voting (in-person):
Voters may cast an in-person absentee ballot in the Auditor's Office during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) prior to Election Day. The first day for in-person voting will be Monday, Oct. 9.

On Election Day, the Auditor's Office will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for voters registered in cities where the polling site is not scheduled to open until noon (Cambridge, Colo).

Absentee Voting (by mail):
The last day a ballot can be mailed out is Friday, Nov. 3. Requests must be received in the Auditor's Office by this date. All requests must be made in writing. On the request form, check the box next to "City" under Election Type OR write the date of the election (11/7/17).

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, Nov. 6. The completed ballot must also be received in the Auditor's Office by Thursday, Nov. 9 (Ames) or Monday, Nov. 13 (all other cities).

In person. You may deliver your ballot to the County Auditor's office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Nov. 7). 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.

Absentee Request Form - DOMESTIC voters (PDF)
Absentee Voting Info (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 to observe the election process and to challenge voters that the poll watcher believes is not qualified to vote.

If you are interested in being a pollwatcher, please read the following Pollwatcher's Guide for further information.

The following forms require Adobe Acrobat Reader:

Poll Watcher's Guide
Poll Watcher's Brochure
Poll Watcher's Designation Form (interactive form)

If you have any questions regarding poll watching, please call (515) 382-7210.  For additional information, visit the Secretary of State's website.