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.
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.
Monday, February 3rd, 2020 at 7p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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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May 12, 2020Pottawattamie County Elections has installed a new absentee ballot drop box outside of the Courthouse.
April 20, 2020To fight the spread of COVID-19 and to encourage absentee voting by mail, Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate is sending absentee ballot request forms to every active voter for the June 2nd Primary Election.