June 3, 2014 Primary Election


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Turnout 9 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, 6 PM and final

Early Voting Statistics 

 Dates and deadlines

  • February 24 - March 14: Federal and State candidate filing period. File with Secretary of State.
  • March 3 - March 26: County candidate filing period. File with auditor's office.
  • Thursday, April 17: Satellite site petition deadline.
  • Saturday, April 19: Military and overseas ballots mailed.
  • Thursday, April 24:  First day to vote in-person at auditor's office.
  • Friday. May 23: Voter pre-registration deadline, 5 p.m. (Change in state law. Ofiice will NOT be open Saturday, May 24.)
  • Monday, May 26: Memorial Day, office closed.
  • Friday, May 30: Deadline to request mailed absentee ballot. Requests must be in our office by 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 31: Auditor's office open until 5 p.m.
  • Monday, June 2: Last day to vote early in-person. Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
  • Tuesday, June 3: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vote at regular polling places.

Offices and Signature Requirements

Federal offices 

U.S. Senator, six year term: Seat currently held by Senator Harkin (who is not seeking re-election). Senator Grassley elected to six year term in 2010.

Signature requirements: Based on 2012 presidential vote. Democratic Party 4113 signatures, Republican Party 3654 signatures. Also required: 1% of presidential vote in at least 10 counties. Signature chart

U.S. Representative, 2nd District, two year term. Signature requirements: Based on 2012 presidential vote. Democratic Party 2256 signatures, Republican Party 1708 signatures. Also required: 2% of presidential vote in half the district's counties. Signature chart 

Statewide Offices: All terms four years.

Governor: Signature requirements same as U.S. Senate.

Lieutenant Governor: Does not appear on primary ballot. Nominated by state party convention after primary, and elected as a team with Governor in November 4 general election.

Other statewide offices: 1,000 signatures required, including 50 from at least 10 different counties.

  • Secretary of State
  • Auditor of State
  • Treasurer of State
  • Secretary of Agriculture
  • Attorney General

State Legislators 

  • State Senator: 25 odd-numbered districts. This includes all three Johnson County districts - 37, 39 and 43. Four year terms.
  • State Representative: All 100 districts. 50 signatures required. Johnson County districts: 73, 74, 77, 85, and 86. Two year terms.

County offices: All terms four years, 100 signatures required.

  • Board of Supervisors: Two seats, currently held by Superviors Etheredge and Rettig. (Supervisors Harney, Neuzil and Sullivan were elected to four year terms in 2012.)
  • County Treasurer
  • County Recorder
  • County Attorney

Primary Elections: Frequently Asked Questions

A primary is an election that takes place within each official political party. No one is elected in a primary election. Instead, voters affiliated with political parties will select their party's candidates for the November 4 general election.

Only the two full-status parties - Democrats and Republicans - hold primaries, and only voters who register with a party may vote in the primary. Voters may change party at any time including Election Day.

Independents or candidates of other parties may file for the November 4 general election by petition during the general election filing period: July 28 through August 15 for state and federal offices and August 4-27 for county offices.

Voters can only participate in one party's primary.

Oversimplified Example: Primary and General Election Ballots 






 Primary election: choose one party's primary
or the other;
cannot vote a split ticket.
Only Democrats and Republicans on ballot.

General election: Everyone gets the same ballot. More parties on ballot, you can split your ticket.  
demprimaryexample  gopprimaryexample  generalexample 


If you are registered to vote as a Democrat, for example, your vote in the primary election will help choose the Democratic Party's nominees for various offices. Since you, as a registered Democrat, are selecting your party's candidate to run against candidates from other parties in the general election, you will be given a ballot with only Democratic candidates to choose from. You will not see the names of any Republican or other candidates on your primary election ballot.

In the general election, which decides who will actually fill the offices, all voters get ballots listing all of the candidates.

Can an independent vote in a primary? 

Yes and no. You can walk IN as an independent, but you can't walk OUT as an independent. You have to declare affiliation as a Democrat or Republican before you vote.

Can I vote for a Republican for one office and a Democrat for another? 

In a general election, yes. In a primary election, no.

Can I write in a candidate of one party in the other party's primary? 

Yes, but the party primaries are separate contests. In the example above, if you vote in the Democratic primary and write in Abe Lincoln, that will be counted as a Democratic primary vote for Lincoln, but it will not be added to Lincoln's Republican primary total. Candidates can only accept the nomination of one party.

I've been hearing that some nominations might go to a convention. How does that work?  

Iowa law requires a candidate to win 35% of the primary vote to be nominated. If no candidate wins 35%, a party convention decides the nomination.

  • Statewide office or US Senate: State convention, delegates elected at county conventions
  • US Representative: Congressional district convention, delegates elected at county conventions
  • County office: County convention, delegates elected at caucuses
  • Legislative seats: County central committee members within the district, elected at caucuses

Contact the parties for more information.