Filing Underway For June Primary; Auditor Gives Important Dates

Primghar, Iowa — While June may feel like a long time from now, it’s not really that far, as evidenced by the fact that the filing period has opened for candidates seeking office in the Primary Election, scheduled for June 4th, 2024.

O’Brien County Auditor Barb Rohwer tells us what positions will be on the ballot in June.

Rohwer tells us one of our legislator seats is also up for election in O’Brien County.

The District 5 seat is the one currently held by Zach Dieken. Rohwer says she’s heard there are going to be at least two candidates for the Republican nomination for that seat, one of which is the incumbent.

Our congressional seat is also up for election this year. Rohwer says at this point she’s aware of two Republicans running for the position, incumbent Randy Feenstra from Hull and challenger Kevin Virgil from Gaza. Dr. Jay Brown of Ames and Ryan Melton of Nevada (Iowa) are running in the Democratic primary

Rohwer reminds us that in a primary election, you have to choose your political affiliation in order to be able to participate in that election.

The filing deadline for state and federal positions is March 15th, says Rohwer. She tells us the deadline for county positions is Friday, March 22nd at 5:00 p.m.

She gives us some more important dates for this election.

Rohwer tells us that the requests they receive before March 26th are not valid, and people who send a request too early will need to send another request after the 26th in order to get a ballot.

She reminds us that you can actually register to vote at the poll before you vote, but it is a time-consuming process, so it would be appreciated if you could register beforehand.

If you haven’t voted recently, you’ll probably need to register. Rohwer tells us you’ll need an ID and documents proving residency. Call your county auditor’s office for more information.



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