In 1972 the County Auditor was given an additional title of Commissioner of Elections by the legislature. In addition to federal, state, and county elections, the Commissioner of Elections then assumed the duties of all city, school, and special elections.
The Commissioner prepares and supervises the printing of ballots and/or programming of voting machines as well as orders all election supplies. The Commissioner conducts schools of instructions, according to law, for all precinct election officials and is responsible for their employment on election day. The Commissioner also prepares and monitors the processing of all absentee ballots in order to aid voters who will not be voting at the polls on election day.
Other duties of the Election Commissioner include:
As Custodian of the Election Returns and Records, the Commissioner certifies the results to the state or subdivision involved and issues certificates of election to the proper persons.
In 1975 the Auditor became the County Registrar of Voters with the implementation of a state-wide voter registration law. The Auditor is responsible for maintaining the current records of residents desiring to vote and purging the records of those no longer eligible to vote. The Auditor is then able to prepare the necessary lists of qualified voters for each election.
Dates for regularly scheduled statewide elections and filing deadlines can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State website.
Information on dates and deadlines for local or special elections can be found at your local County Auditor’s office or your local County Website.
Election results for statewide elections can be found on the Iowa Secretary of State website.
Election results for local elections can be found at your local County Auditor’s office or your local County Website.
Jurors are randomly drawn by a computer from current voter registration lists and motor vehicle operators lists.Why do I have to declare a political party in order to vote in a Primary Election?
Primary Elections are held in order to narrow the field of candidates within the political party prior to the General Election. You have to choose which party’s ballot you want. You can only vote one ballot.Do I have to declare a political party in order to vote in a General Election?
No. All candidates that were successful in the Primary or nominated by their parties are included on the General Election ballot. Also included are candidates for offices that are non-partisan. You can vote for candidates of any party, no matter what party you selected when you registered.