June 5, 2018 Primary Election

  • Precinct Results for All Races
  • Summary of Contested Races
  • Turnout

  • Party Change Statistics
  • Early Voting Statistics

  • Early Voting Schedule

  • Johnson County Candidate List

  • Statewide Candidate List (Iowa Secretary of State)

  • Sample Ballots and Polling Places Polls open 7 AM to 9 PM Election Day.
  • Primary elections: Historic facts and figures

  • Guide to Election Returns
  • Dates and deadlines

    • February 5: First day to request mailed absentee ballots.

    • February 26 - March 16: Federal and State candidate filing period. File with Iowa Secretary of State.
    • March 5 - March 28: County candidate filing period. File with auditor's office.

    • Saturday, April 23: Military and overseas absentee ballots must by mailed by this date.

    • Monday, May 7: First day for in-person absentee voting at auditor's office and first day to mail domestic absentee ballots. (Note: first day for voting starts 29 days before election; previous first day of voting was 40 days before primary election.)

    • Friday, May 25: Voter pre-registration deadline and last day to request mailed absentee ballot, by 5 p.m. (Voters may still register after this date using election day registration procedure). (Note: deadline has changed to 11 days before election to request mailed absentee absentee ballots; previously 4 days before election.)

    • Monday, May 28: Memorial Day, office closed.

    • Saturday, June 2: Auditor's office open for voting 8 AM to 5 PM.

    • Sunday, June 3: Auditor's office open for voting noon to 5 PM.

    • Monday, June 4: Last day for in-person absentee voting, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.

    • Tuesday, June 5: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vote at regular polling places. (Reminder, Voter ID law in effect)


    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 6 general election.

    Only the full-status parties 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. Three parties will have primaries in 2018: the Democratic and Republican parties and, for the first time, the Libertarian Party, which earned full party status in 2016. (The Green Party has "organization" status, which means people can register as Greens but the party does not have a primary.)

    Independents or candidates of other parties may file for the November 6 general election by petition during the general election filing period after the primary.

    Voters can only participate in one party's primary.

    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 Libertarian 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 (the official term is "no party"). You have to declare affiliation as a Democrat, Republican or Libertarian 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. 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: 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.

    Elections Office
    Phone: 319-356-6004

    Elections Deputy
    Bogdana Velterean

    Johnson County Auditor’s Office
    Administration Building
    913 S. Dubuque St. Suite 101
    Iowa City, IA 52240

    Phone: 319-356-6004
    Fax: 319-356-6086

    Office Hours
    Monday – Friday
    7:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

    Bus Route
    (Lakeside or Broadway bus routes)

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