Primary Election

June 7, 2022 - Primary Election

2021 Election Law Changes

Election Day Information

Polling Times: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling Locations: NOTE:  Due to the federal census and the subsequent redistricting/reprecincting process, your polling place may have changed.  All households with a registered voter will receive a notification of polling place change.  These notices, mailed by the Secretary of State's office, will arrive in mailboxes starting on May 18.  Find your precinct and polling place.  Precinct maps.

Candidate Information

Sample Ballots

NOTE: Only candidates for your selected party will appear on your ballot.  All ballots have one Iowa State Representative district.  Only odd-numbered State Senate districts are on the ballot this year.  All federal, statewide, and countywide races are the same for all ballots; races with more candidates than seats will have a rotation. Lieutenant governor candidates DO NOT appear on a Primary Election ballot; lieutenant governor candidates are nominated via the political parties' state conventions.  All ballots are one-sided.



Voter Registration

The voter pre-registration deadline is Monday, May 23, at 5 p.m. (15 days prior to election) (Voter Registration Form)

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
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

For the Primary Election, you MUST select either Democratic or Republican on the absentee ballot request form. This selection determines which ballot you receive. If your party selection changes your current party, your voter registration will be updated, and you will receive a voter notification card. To change your party affiliation after the Primary, submit a new voter registration form to the Auditor’s Office.

(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) Request forms will not be accepted more than 70 days prior to the election (March 29).
(3) Absentee voting can begin no more than 20 days prior to the election (May 18).  
(4) The deadline to request a mailed absentee ballot is 15 days prior to any election (May 23).
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 Wednesday, May 18, and will be available from 8 a.m, to 4:30 p.m. on Mondays-Fridays.   The Auditor’s Office will also be open on Saturday, June 4 for eight hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m).  The last day to vote absentee in-person is Monday, June 6.

Absentee Voting (by mail):

Request forms available from Story County are postage-paid. The first day that ballots will be mailed is Wednesday, May 18. The last day to submit a request for a mailed ballot is Monday, May 23. The request must be received by 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 (06/07/2022) in the proper area.  

Returning Your Absentee (mail) Ballot

Only the voter, a member of the voter's household, an immediate family member or, for blind or otherwise disabled voters ONLY, a designee (designee must provide signed designation form) may return a voted ballot. 

By mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage.  Ballots must be received in the Auditor’s Office by the close of polls (8 p.m.) on Tuesday, June 7.

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

Voted absentee ballots cannot be returned or cast at polling locations.

By designee (blind or otherwise disabled voters ONLY). If you are blind or otherwise disabled, you may designate someone else to mail or deliver your ballot for you. The instructions and form are included with your mailed Absentee Ballot if you choose to use this method.

Absentee Forms and Information

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

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. Names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, should 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.