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.

Governor candidates focus on future of public education in Iowa

BY: - October 5, 2022

Gubernatorial candidates focusing on public schools is far from new. But in the Iowa race for governor, both candidates have spent significant time on the campaign trail discussing their plans for the future of education in Iowa amid rising polarization on issues from vaccine and mask mandates to book bans and state funding. While Gov. […]

Alabama case that could limit Voting Rights Act heard at U.S. Supreme Court

BY: - October 4, 2022

WASHINGTON – U.S. Supreme Court justices on Tuesday heard oral arguments in a case that challenges an Alabama redistricting map and could potentially eliminate remaining federal safeguards against racial gerrymandering. Voting rights advocates fear that the high court’s conservative majority will further weaken the Voting Rights Act, with implications for voters in states across the […]

Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks answers questions on same-sex marriage, energy at forum

BY: - October 3, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks countered previous claims from her opponent that she votes along party lines, speaking at a forum with the Greater Des Moines Partnership Monday. The representative, running for re-election in Iowa’s newly reshaped 1st Congressional District, talked about her votes in support of legislation like the Respect for Marriage Act and the […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Kim Reynolds is campaigning — against Joe Biden

BY: - October 3, 2022

One of Gov. Kim Reynolds’ biggest applause lines at her Harvest fundraiser over the weekend was her announcement that she’s suing the Biden administration over its decision to forgive student loan debt for more than 408,000 Iowans. There was a time when it would have been considered political malpractice to gloat about actively working to […]

Reynolds to supporters: Democrats would reverse Republican wins

BY: - October 1, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds railed against the Biden administration and told the crowd at a fundraiser Saturday that electing Democrats would roll back Republican initiatives of her previous terms. Iowa kept businesses and schools open during the COVID-19 pandemic, supported law enforcement and cut taxes, Reynolds said at her Harvest Festival event. She claimed Democrats in […]

Ag secretary candidates split on carbon pipelines, future of ethanol

BY: - September 30, 2022

The two candidates for Iowa secretary of agriculture split Friday on whether government should require unwilling landowners to allow carbon pipelines to cross their land. Democrat John Norwood said eminent domain should not be used to build pipelines that transport captured carbon dioxide away from ethanol plants in Iowa because they do not serve a […]

COMMENTARY

The debate dance: Change the format to better serve voters

BY: - September 29, 2022

Iowans are losing one more traditional handhold on the world of politics as incumbent candidates are either refusing to participate in debates or limiting themselves to just one. And maybe that’s a good thing – but only IF debates evolve into something more useful for voters. Sadly, I don’t think that’s happening, but I have […]

Miller-Meeks, Bohannan trade barbs over abortion in 1st District debate

BY: - September 26, 2022

U.S. Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks and Democratic challenger Christina Bohannan exchanged heated comments during a debate Monday about what actions Congress should take on abortion and contraception. The candidates also disagreed about energy policy and its role in inflation. Abortion and inflation have risen to top issues in the national general election campaign. Miller-Meeks, a Republican […]

COMMENTARY

Gov. Kim Reynolds race-baits in campaign’s new TV ad

BY: - September 26, 2022

Nothing happens in a campaign commercial by accident. Strategists plan every word and image, with the candidate’s approval. Directors may film many takes to get the perfect cadence for every line. So Iowans should understand: The racist tropes in Gov. Kim Reynolds’ latest TV ad are deliberate. Here’s “Still Works,” which the governor’s campaign launched on Sept. […]

A conspiracy-fueled push to count ballots by hand gains traction

BY: - September 26, 2022

Nye County, a rural enclave in Nevada, has positioned itself as the epicenter of a Donald Trump-fueled conspiracy about the security of electronic vote tabulators. The Nye County Commission voted in March to make the county one of the first to act on the false narratives that machines that count votes are rigged. County Clerk Mark Kampf, […]

COMMENTARY

Iowa has made it harder to vote, study shows

BY: - September 25, 2022

Since the 2020 election, it got harder to vote in Iowa, relative to other states, according to a new study. The Cost of Voting Index, which measures the ease of voting in all 50 states, ranked Iowa 23rd in the nation in its 2022 report, a decline of four places. The new study was published […]

Out-of-state number called Iowan with election misinformation, secretary of state reports

BY: - September 23, 2022

Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate said voters should be on the lookout for election misinformation after an Iowa voter reportedly received a phone call with incorrect voting instructions. Pate’s office received information this week that a Mahaska County voter received a call from an out-of-state number. The caller told him that he did not […]

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.

Deadlines

August 30

Voters can begin requesting absentee ballots

October 19

Early in-person voting begins. County auditors begin mailing requested absentee ballots.

October 24

Voter pre-registration deadline, and the last day to request absentee ballots by mail. Ballot requests must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m

November 8, 2022

Election Day. Polls are open from 7 a.m. through 8 p.m., and absentee ballots must be received by the county auditor’s office by 8 p.m. to be counted.

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