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.

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 […]

Turnout soars in primary election despite early voting changes

BY: - June 8, 2022

While Iowa saw a huge turnout in Tuesday’s primary election, critics say absentee voting laws may have slowed some voter participation. The state reached its second-highest turnout for a primary election since 1994 Tuesday night, with more than 356,000 voters participating. The highest primary turnout was in 2020 by a large margin: More than 522,000 […]

Polling site in Des Moines

Halbur receives Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race

BY: - June 8, 2022

Small business owner Todd Halbur has won the Republican nomination for state auditor in a tight race, according to Associated Press projections. He will face off against Democratic incumbent Rob Sand in the November election. Halbur had  51% of the vote late Tuesday, while former state Rep. Mary Ann Hanusa received 49% with about 96% of […]

Joel Miller takes Democratic ticket for secretary of state

BY: - June 7, 2022

Linn County Auditor Joel Miller won the Democratic nomination for Iowa secretary of state and will run against Republican incumbent Paul Pate for the seat in November. The Associated Press declared Miller the winner Tuesday evening with 70% of votes, while Clinton County Auditor Eric Van Lancker received  29% with 78% of precincts reporting. Miller, […]

Iowa polling location

Mike Franken wins Democratic nomination to take on Sen. Chuck Grassley

BY: - June 7, 2022

Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Franken won the Democratic nomination for Iowa’s U.S. Senate seat on Tuesday, beating former U.S. Rep. Abby Finkenauer. The Associated Press called the competitive primary race for Franken at 9:13 p.m., with 55.2% of votes cast. His opponents, Finkenauer and Minden city councilman Glenn Hurst, won 40% and 4.8% of the […]

Nunn projected to win GOP 3rd Congressional District nod

BY: - June 7, 2022

State Sen. Zach Nunn is the Republicans’ choice to face incumbent U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne in the upcoming 3rd Congressional District election, according to projections from The Associated Press. Nunn had taken 67% of the primary vote with nearly three-quarters of the estimated total vote counted. Trailing him were Nicole Hasso with about 20% and […]

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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