General Election

November 6, 2018 - General Election

Election Day Information

Polling Times: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Polling Locations (TBA)
Find Your Polling Place (web app)

Voter Turnout Numbers

Updated throughout Election Day


Summary | By Precinct
(available after the close of polls; names of write-ins will NOT be available on election night)

Candidate Information

Offices appearing on the General Election ballot
Candidate List (FINAL)
Information Page from the Iowa Secretary of State (includes Candidate Guide with signature requirements)
About Judicial Retention Elections

Sample Ballots

The ballot is two-sided. The rear of the ballot is identical for all precincts except Indian Creek Twp, Lafayette Twp, and Milford Twp.
Rear of Ballot (PDF)

Front of Ballot

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 (front and back)
Lafayette Twp (front and back) | Lincoln Twp | Milford Twp (front and back) | 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. 27, at 5 p.m. The Auditor's Office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. that day.

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/Satellite Voting ("Early 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. This requirement is suspended.
(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, Oct. 8, and will be available during regular business hours until 5 p.m., Monday, Nov. 5. The Auditor's Office will also be open on Saturday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Nov. 3.

Satellite Voting

Satellite voting is in-person absentee voting at a location other than the Auditor's Office. Absentee voting rules apply.
Satellite Voting Schedule (PDF)

Absentee Voting (by mail)

Due to the postal holiday on Monday, Oct. 8, the first day that ballots will be mailed is Tuesday, Oct. 9. The last day that ballots will be mailed out is Saturday, Oct. 27. 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 (11/06/2018) in the proper area.

Returning Your Absentee (mail) Ballot

By Mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage. The return envelope must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 5, and received in the Auditor's Office by Tuesday, Nov. 13.

In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor's Office up until 9 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Nov. 6). 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 packet include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.

Absentee Forms and Information

Absentee Request Form - DOMESTIC voters
Absentee Voting Information
Track Your Absentee Ballot

Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters
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.