Election 2022

Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process. It is the way we, as citizens, choose who will represent us in the governments of our country, state and communities. Every citizen has the right and the responsibility to participate in elections to choose candidates, weigh in on proposals to change the state constitution, enact taxes for local projects and may other kinds of questions. This guide is designed to give you the resources and tools to participate in the upcoming elections.

Who’s visiting Iowa in the 2022 campaign season?

BY: - August 17, 2022

The Iowa presidential caucuses are still a long way off, but potential presidential candidates are visiting the state ahead of the Nov. 7 midterm election. No top politicians have officially announced plans to run for president in 2024. President Joe Biden has indicated he plans to run for re-election, but has not launched a campaign. […]

Political Soapbox: Here’s what candidates are saying at the Iowa State Fair

BY: - August 17, 2022

Candidates running in this year’s midterm elections are speaking directly with Iowans at the Iowa State Fair. The Des Moines Register Political Soapbox is a state fair mainstay. It’s known best as a stop for presidential candidates in the leadup to the Iowa caucuses, though none are on the schedule this year. Instead, fairgoers have […]

Delayed decision on caucuses could hurt Iowa Democrats, some party members say

BY: - August 16, 2022

The Democratic National Committee’s choice to delay finalizing the presidential nominating line-up until after the midterms could hurt Democratic candidates’ chances in Iowa, some party members said. Potential Republican presidential candidates are coming to Iowa for the Iowa State Fair this week, and many will come back regularly ahead of this year’s midterm elections in […]

Michael Franken says it’s up to Iowans to prove their battleground state status

BY: - August 15, 2022

Democratic Senate candidate Michael Franken said while some national Democrats have written Iowa off, recent polls and election predictions show his and other state races remain competitive. “Iowa has disappointed Democrats nationwide for too long, so they’re not believing that we can at least this time pull it off,” Franken told reporters Monday. “So it’s […]

Deidre DeJear: Use Iowa’s ‘trust fund’ for mental health, education funding

BY: - August 13, 2022

Iowa needs to use its budget surplus to address shortages in mental health and public education, Democratic candidate for governor Deidre DeJear said Saturday. DeJear spoke to a group of more than 50 people gathered at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair. The state is underfunding both public education and […]

Iowa Democrats at Wing Ding say abortion, school policy will help midterm chances

BY: - August 12, 2022

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa — While election polls and predictions forecast Democrats losing ground in November’s midterms, Iowans at one of the party’s longstanding fundraising events said recent news has improved Democratic candidates’ chances. Democratic candidates in Iowa’s upcoming midterm election spoke Friday night to a small crowd gathered for the 19th annual Iowa Democratic Wing […]

Iowa counties can receive funds to make polling locations more accessible

BY: - August 12, 2022

Every county in Iowa will receive $1,000 to improve the accessibility of polling locations to ensure all Iowans with disabilities can vote in the November election, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate announced Friday.   Pate said the grants are intended to foster a partnership between local governments and advocacy programs to assess how voting sites […]

Candidates for state treasurer diverge on office’s role, goals

BY: - August 10, 2022

If elected as state treasurer, former Republican state Sen. Roby Smith would use the position to prevent federal overreach and ensure Iowa tax dollars don’t aid terrorist organizations, his campaign states. Democratic incumbent Michael Fitzgerald said he hopes to continue building on programs he implemented during his time as the longest-serving state treasurer in the […]

How election deniers are campaigning to control voting in four critical states

BY: - August 7, 2022

Mark Finchem, an Arizona state representative who has said he would not have certified the 2020 election, won the Republican primary for secretary of state on Tuesday, making him the latest election denier to move closer to controlling his state’s election system. Across the country, Republicans who say the 2020 election was rigged are vying […]

Nunn promotes national tax cuts as people, businesses struggle with inflation

BY: - August 3, 2022

As Iowans face economic troubles from high gas prices to stagnant wages, Republican candidate Zach Nunn proposed federal tax cuts modeled after Iowa’s as an antidote for inflation. Nunn met with small business owners Wednesday for a campaign stop in his race against U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne. He criticized programs like President Joe Biden’s “Build […]

Democrats say they’ll keep working to keep Iowa caucuses first

BY: - August 1, 2022

Iowa Democrats say they will keep fighting for Iowa’s spot as the nation’s first caucus — and now they have more time to make their case. The Democratic National Committee has delayed its decision about the 2024 presidential nominating calendar until after this year’s midterm elections. The DNC Rules and Bylaws committee delayed the decision […]

Reynolds, Grassley see more PAC money and large donations than challengers

BY: - July 29, 2022

Political action groups are funding Iowa Republican re-election campaigns on issues like gun regulation and education in the lead-up to the general election, July campaign finance reports show. Incumbent candidates like Gov. Kim Reynolds are also receiving bigger donations from individuals than their opponents. Reynolds, a Republican, is competing against Democratic candidate Deidre DeJear to […]

Election 2022

Voting is the way we as citizens of the United States and its component states, counties and cities express our opinions and preferences. We are periodically asked to mark our ballots for candidates for various offices and to weigh in on proposals to change or enact laws, impose new taxes and many other kinds of questions. Voting is the cornerstone of our democratic process.


May 18

Early voting begins for primary election. Absentee ballots mailed out for primary election.

May 23

Voter pre-registration deadline for primary election. Absentee ballot requests must be received in county auditor's office by 5 p.m.

June 6

Last day for early voting before the primary election

June 7

Primary Election Day

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