Pottawattamie County

2020 Iowa Caucus

With the 2020 Iowa Caucuses right around the corner here are some of the most common questions we get about them.  Please contact your political party if you would like more information or have any questions regarding the caucuses.

What is a caucus?

The Iowa Caucuses are most commonly known for the role they play in selecting each political party’s nominee for president every four years. Under Iowa law, the Iowa Caucuses are the first event in the presidential nomination season in the country. The Caucuses are also held in non-presidential even numbered years and serve mainly for the purpose of selecting local party leadership and delegates to the party’s conventions. 

When is the Caucus?

Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 7p.m.

Who runs the Caucuses?

The Political Parties.  The Iowa Caucuses are organized and conducted by the different state political parties and the Election Department within the Auditor’s office plays no role in their administration.

Where is my Caucus location?

The location of your caucus is based on your General Election Voting Precinct but often held in a different location than where you normally vote.  Visit either the Iowa Democratic Party or the Iowa Republican Party website to find your caucus location.

You may now also find a full list of caucus locations here.

Do I need to register for the Caucus?

The Pre-registration deadline for the 2020 Caucuses is January 1st.  Any changes to your registration made after then will not be reflected when you go to your caucus.  You may still register or change parties at the caucus.

How do the Caucuses work?

The way the caucuses work depends on which parties' caucus you attend.  For a great look at how the caucuses function we recommend checking out this article from the Des Moines Register.

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Pottawattamie County Elections has installed a new absentee ballot drop box outside of the Courthouse.

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National Change of Address Cards Mailed by Secretary of State

If you have moved in the last year, be on the lookout for a National Change of Address Card to update your voter registration.

County Candidate Filing

The filing period for county offices is now underway. Here you can find deadlines, signature requirements, and other usefull information.

New Voter Cards Mailed to all Active Voters

New Voter Registration Cards and City/School Election information have been mailed to all active voters.

Combination of City and School Elections

Due to a recent law change, city and school elections will now be combined into one election, held in November of odd-numbered years.

Polling Location Changes

Polling Locations for CB 13 and Macedonia have moved.

Secretary of State Mails No Activity Notices

The Iowa Secretary of State has mailed “No Activity” notices to voters who have not voted in any election and have not updated their voter registration information in the past four years. If you recieved one of these cards please fill it out and return it to the Auditor's Office. Please contact us if you have any questions about the cards.

Pottawattamie County Elections Launches New Website

Follow Us on Facebook and Twitter

The Elections department is now on social media! Follow us to stay up-to-date on what's going on in the world of Pottawattamie County Elections.

Check Out Our New App

Our new election app is available on both Apple and Android phones for free! Our Where U Vote Pottawattamie page provides more details and download links.

Caucus Information

Caucuses are managed by the Republican and Democratic parties. For more information, visit their websites.

Voter ID and Election Law Changes

New Voter ID laws have taken effect for 2019. Make sure you know what you can expect when heading to the polls.
This webpage was printed on April 16, 2021. For the most current election-related information, visit the Pottawattamie County, Iowa, Elections website at elections.pottcounty-ia.gov.
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