Time Running Out To File Nominating Papers For City, School Election

Northwest Iowa — Time is running out if you want to toss your hat in the ring for northwest Iowa school board and city council positions. Some mayors’ seats are also up for election.

Nominating positions may picked up at your County Auditor’s Office right now. A varying number of signatures is required, depending on which position you are filing for. The deadline for submitting nomination papers is 5:00 p.m. this Thursday, September 19th.

The general election is on Tuesday, November 5th. Elections of school board members, community college board members, city council members, mayors, and other questions may all be on your ballot.

This will be the first time that city and school candidates will be on the same ballot. School board of education elections used to be held in September, but a law passed in 2017 requires them to be held in November — on the same day as city elections. The new law will require election officials to prepare more types of ballots because school elections sometimes cover several cities, plus rural areas. Many polling locations will remain the same, but there will be some changes. The Secretary of State says you can check out where to vote by clicking here. If you have questions, you can contact your county auditor’s office. Find that contact information here. Find the County Auditor Directory, select your county, and click “go.”

Absentee ballots will be available by October 7th and are due October 25th. They need to be requested on an official form. You can also vote in person at your auditor’s office, starting October 7th. Call them for more information.

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