Tuesday is election day and the last chance to vote in the Republican and Democratic primaries for county, state and federal elections taking place throughout Johnson County.
Voters heading to the polls will find a variety of choices on the ballot for the U.S. Senate, Johnson County Supervisor, Iowa House of Representatives and Iowa Senate. With three Democrats vying to take on U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in November, high turnover after redistricting and multiple retirements have left several seats vacant, leaving an opportunity for new leadership at all levels of county government.
Press-Citizen staff will be on hand Tuesday covering key races across the county. Look for results and articles on press-citizen.com.
Here’s what you need to know before you go to vote.
Where and when can I vote?
Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., but as long as you’re in line before the polls close, you’ll be able to vote. You can only vote in a party’s primary races.
Voters are assigned an electoral district when they register to vote based on where they live. To find your polling station, view Johnson County Auditor’s interactive mapWhere go to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website for voter registration details.
If a voter is not registered to vote on polling day, they can still register at their polling station. You can check voter registration on the Iowa Secretary of State website.
Voters who requested and still have their absentee ballot should ensure it arrives at the Johnson County Auditor’s office before the polls close at 8 p.m. to ensure it is counted. .
If you haven’t mailed it back, it’s probably too late to post it in time to count.
There are two exceptions: Military and overseas citizens’ votes will be counted as long as their ballots arrive by noon on the Monday following the election. Votes from participants in the Safe at Home program for victims of domestic violence will also count as long as they arrive before noon on Monday, June 13.
What should I bring with me to vote?
Voters must bring photo ID to the polls. Acceptable identification is an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator ID card, US passport or military ID card, veteran ID card, ID card tribal ID or Iowa voter ID card.
In some cases, you may also need to prove your residency. Bring proof of residency if you are voting in Iowa for the first time or if you have recently moved to the same county and have not updated your address with the auditor. If you moved to another county between elections, you will need to complete the registration process on Election Day in your riding.
If someone cannot prove their identity with any of these documents, a registered voter in their constituency can attest to their identity. Both will have to sign an oath. Falsely attesting or being attested is a crime punishable by up to five years in prison.
If you register to vote at polling stations, you will need to go to the correct polling station for your current address. At the polling station, you must prove both who you are and where you live, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.
Voters can wear buttons and campaign clothes, but must leave the polling station as soon as they finish voting. Campaigning or making electoral propaganda of any kind at a polling station is illegal; loitering in a polling station wearing political items is considered election propaganda, according to the Iowa Secretary of State’s website.
What’s on the ballot?
This year, voters in political party primaries will choose who will appear on the ballot in the November general election for multiple races at the county, state and federal levels.
At the federal level, voters will choose who runs for the US Senate and the US House of Representatives. While the two nominations for Iowa’s 1st congressional district remain uncontested in the primary, the Republican and Democratic nominations for the U.S. Senate have multiple candidates.
At the state level, political parties will vote who runs for governor, treasurer, auditor, attorney general, and secretary of state. The Democratic nomination for Secretary of State is contested, while the Republican nomination for Auditor is contested.
Four of Johnson County’s seats in the Iowa House of Representatives are unincumbent and have attracted multiple candidates.
Iowa City Democrats will have no shortage of choices for the two Iowa House seats and the single Iowa Senate seat that encompasses the city. Republican voters in two districts that represent parts of rural Johnson County can also vote for new representatives.
Voters can list candidates for all Johnson County races in the space provided on the ballot.
For the past few months, Press-Citizen reporters have written about the contested election in Johnson County. Journalists covered the proceedings, wrote profiles and explored the issues surrounding these important races.
All of this coverage is available online and in print to give you the information you need before you vote on or before June 7.
Here are links to Iowa election coverage by Press-Citizen’s and Des Moines Register:
Read coverage of the U.S. Senate race in Iowa:
Read coverage of the race from Iowa’s 1st congressional district:
Read coverage of Iowa statewide races:
Read coverage of the race from Johnson County Supervisor:
Read coverage of the House District 89 race:
Read coverage of the House District 90 race:
Learn more about the House District 91 race:
Learn more about the House District 92 race:
Learn more about the Senate District 45 race:
More information about voting in Iowa is also available at voterready.iowa.gov.
George Shillcock is Press-Citizen’s local government and development reporter covering Iowa City and Johnson County. He can be reached at (515) 350-6307, GShillcock@press-citizen.com and on Twitter @ShillcockGeorge