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.

Iowa Republicans criticize Senate candidate Michael Franken’s objection to anti-Biden flag

BY: - July 1, 2022

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Michael Franken said he did not serve his nation as a U.S. Navy admiral for a person flying a profane anti-Biden flag that he spotted on the campaign trail this week. Republicans said that means he doesn’t respect freedom of speech. Franken spoke Thursday during a campaign stop about seeing the […]

Rep. Cindy Axne defends ad attacking Sen. Zach Nunn on Adventureland ties

BY: - July 1, 2022

As the family of an 11-year-old boy who died at Adventureland amusement park goes to court against the park, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne has attempted to make the accident a campaign issue. The Democratic representative, who seeks re-election in Iowa’s 3rd District, released two campaign ads in June tying her opponent, Iowa Sen. Zach Nunn, […]

U.S. Senate Democrats urge ‘bold action’ by Biden on abortion rights

BY: - June 27, 2022

Most of the Democrats in the U.S. Senate have signed on to a letter to President Joe Biden pressing him to “take immediate action” to protect abortion rights, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s Friday ruling overturning Roe v. Wade. The one-page letter, led by Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray of Washington and […]

Democratic candidate Michael Franken unsure what action Senate should take on abortion

BY: - June 24, 2022

Democratic Senate nominee Michael Franken said Friday he’s unsure what action federal legislators should take in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning abortion rights. Franken won the Democratic primary to take on U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley in November’s general election. He told the Iowa Capital Dispatch he learned about the Supreme Court […]

U.S. House members warned about disinformation in upcoming campaigns

BY: - June 22, 2022

WASHINGTON — Experts on election security warned lawmakers during a U.S. House Administration hearing on Wednesday of targeted disinformation campaigns that could occur in the upcoming midterm and presidential elections. The panel of witnesses also stressed to members of the subcommittee on elections the dangers of conspiracy groups and their reach in sowing disinformation about […]

The District of Columbia allows incarcerated people to vote, a rarity in the U.S.

BY: - June 21, 2022

This article is published through a collaboration between States Newsroom and Bolts. WASHINGTON — Earlier this month, about 10 men detained in the Young Men Emerging unit in the Washington, D.C., jail sat around a TV to watch the Democratic candidates for mayor debate issues including affordable housing and gun violence. “It was on a communal TV, and […]

Democrats’ message: Iowans’ rights are on the line with Republican control

BY: - June 19, 2022

Just days after the Iowa Supreme Court’s decision on abortion rights in Iowa, state Democrats are advancing the message other rights could be in danger. The Iowa Supreme Court released a monumental decision Friday in which the court found there is no state constitutional right to an abortion. The decision, which overturns a 2018 Iowa […]

Coalition launches campaign against pro-gun amendment

BY: - June 16, 2022

Gun safety advocates launched a campaign Thursday to rally Iowans to defeat a constitutional amendment appearing on the state’s November ballot that would make it more difficult to restrict the purchase and ownership of firearms. Advocates formed a coalition, Iowans for Responsible Gun Laws, to push back against the “Keep and Bear Arms Amendment.” The […]

Republicans link Iowa Democrats with Biden in red wave bid

BY: - June 11, 2022

Republican energy was high at Iowa’s State Republican Convention Saturday. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate held up a newspaper, reading aloud a story on high Republican turnout in the June 7 primary election. “We need to continue to do that,” Pate told the crowd. Republicans are hoping to turn that voter participation into a […]

Reynolds’ school choice push worked in the primaries, ousting incumbents

BY: - June 11, 2022

Gov. Kim Reynolds put her weight into several Republican primaries for Iowa House seats, hoping to gain supporters for her education agenda. Her efforts paid off, and she made it clear Saturday the issue will be central to her campaign. “Ultimately, we’re going to make sure that every parent has a choice in their child’s […]

Gubernatorial candidate Deidre DeJear calls for gun reform in the wake of Ames shooting

BY: - June 10, 2022

Deidre DeJear said there were no empty seats in Cornerstone Church last Sunday. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate attended a service in the Ames church days after an armed man shot and killed two women, then himself, in the church parking lot. The community was still reeling from the senseless violence, she said, but came together […]

Attorney general candidates spar over lawsuits against Biden administration

BY: - June 9, 2022

Republican candidate for Iowa attorney general Brenna Bird says she plans to take the Biden administration to court if elected in November. Incumbent Attorney General Tom Miller, a Democrat, says that’s not what the office is about and he’ll focus on serving everyday Iowans. If elected, Bird said she plans to challenge the Biden administration […]

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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