June 2, 2020 Primary Election

Election Results (live after 9 PM June 2)

Polls open 7 AM to 9 PM. Most regular polling places were open.

Turnout Updates at 9 AM, 11 AM, 3 PM, 6 PM, and after polls close at 9 PM. Note that updates only include election day voting. The majority of votes in this election (77% of total vote) were early and absentee ballots.

Dates and deadlines

  • February 3: First day to request mailed absentee ballots.
  • February 24 - March 13: Federal and State candidate filing period. File with Iowa Secretary of State.
  • March 3 - March 25: County candidate filing period. File with Auditor's Office.
  • Saturday, April 18: Military and overseas absentee ballots must by mailed by this date.
  • Thursday, April 23: First day to mail domestic absentee ballots. (Temporary change from May 4 due to COVID-19 emergency.)
  • Monday, May 4: First day for in-person absentee voting at Auditor's Office.
  • Friday, May 22: 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).
  • Monday, May 25: Memorial Day, office closed.
  • Saturday, May 30: Auditor's Office open for voting, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Monday, June 1: Last day for in-person absentee voting, 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
  • Tuesday, June 2: Election Day. Polls open 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. Vote at regular polling places. Most regular polling places will be open. (Reminder, Voter ID law in effect)

Offices on the ballot

Note that Iowa does not have a presidential primary and presidential candidates will not be on the June 2 ballot.
February 3, 2020 Caucuses

  • US Senate
  • US Representative, 2nd District
  • State Representatives: Districts 73, 74, 77, 85, 86
    • Johnson County's three state senators were elected to four year terms in 2018 and are not on the ballot in 2020.
  • County Supervisors: three seats
  • County Sheriff
  • County Auditor

Nomination Papers

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 3 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. Two parties will have primaries in 2020: the Democratic and Republican parties.

The Libertarian Party, which had a primary in 2018, has lost full party status and will not have a primary. The Libertarians and Greens have "organization" status. People can register with those parties, but they do not have primaries.

Independents or candidates of other parties may file for the November 3 General Election by petition during the Primary Election filing period.

  • February 24 - March 13: Federal and State candidate filing period. File with Iowa Secretary of State.
  • March 3 - March 20: County candidate filing period. File with Auditor's Office.Note that the county filing deadlines for the primary and the general election are different.

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 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 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. 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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