County Auditor Grant Veeder has issued some reminders about the Primary Election to be held on June 7.
“While all eligible voters are welcome to vote, voters have only two options, either to vote in the Democratic primary or vote in the Republican primary,” said Veeder, “You need to be registered with the party whose primary you are voting in, but you have the opportunity to register with that party at the polls on election day.”
But Veeder recommends changing your registration ahead of time.
“To avoid long lines on election day we strongly encourage people to register to vote or to change their party before election day,” he said. Voters can register or change their registration online at or or in person at the Election Office located in the Black Hawk County Courthouse.
Veeder says you may change back immediately after the election, and your party registration doesn’t affect your options in voting in other elections, including the November General Election.
As a reminder you can vote early now through Monday, June 6th by absentee in person at the Election Office. If you choose to vote by mail send an absentee ballot request form (found at or ) to the Election Office at the above address and a ballot will be mailed to you. Absentee ballot request forms must be received in the Election Office by the deadline of 5:00 PM, Friday, June 3, or no ballot will be mailed.
Party designations currently allowed in Iowa are Democratic, Republican, Iowa Green, Libertarian and No Party, but only Republicans and Democrats hold primaries in the state.
Party selection of candidates varies from state to state. Iowa parties hold precinct caucuses to indicate presidential preference, but all other partisan offices are voted on in the primaries. Iowa law allows only those parties receiving 2% of the vote for president or governor in the last general election to hold a primary.
For questions, contact the Election Office at 319-833-3007 or The Election Office is Room 210 of the Black Hawk County Courthouse, 316 E. 5th St, Waterloo, 50703.