When there is an election in a county, the County Auditor needs people to staff the polling places. Iowa's Precinct Election Officials are paid at least the state's minimum wage for their service. On Election Day, the election officials arrive at a polling place about an hour before the polls open and remain there for about an hour after the polls close.
The number of election officials at each polling place varies from county to county and may differ depending on the type of election. They may be required to work a 16 hour day, depending on the election.
Iowa Law allows 17-year old high school students to work as election officials. Contact your local County Auditor for details.
Elections are always held on Tuesdays.
City/School Elections are held 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday of November in odd-numbered years. Polls are required to all open at 7:00 a.m. for regular city/school elections. Polls close at 8:00 p.m. statewide.
Primary Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in June of even-numbered years. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. statewide.
General Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of even-numbered years. Polls open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 9:00 p.m. statewide.
Special Elections are also held on Tuesdays, however, Iowa Law has reduced the number of days on which a Special Election may be held. Contact your County Auditor for more information regarding Special Elections.