Marion County, Iowa Main election Information. Find information about the
following: Primary Elections, General Elections, City Elections, School
Elections and Special Elections.
MARION COUNTY, IOWA - MAIN ELECTION INFORMATION
Voter Registration forms may be completed online or downloaded from
the Secretary of State's website found
Our office will begin receiving
Absentee Ballot Request Forms for the 2020 General Election on
Monday, July 6, 2020. The last day to request a mailed absentee
ballot for the 2020 General Election is Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Requests must be received in our office by 5:00 p.m. Absentee Ballot
Request forms may be found from the Secretary of State's website
Please mail completed Voter Registration or Absentee Ballot
Request forms to:
214 E. Main St.
Knoxville, IA 50138
If you need additional clarification or would like one of these
forms mailed to you give us a call at 641.828.2217
Filing Deadline Information for 2020 General Election
The following candidate filing deadlines will occur on Wednesday,
August 26, 2020 at 5:00 PM for the Marion County November 3, 2020
General Election. Candidates may mail completed paperwork to 214 E
Main St., Knoxville, IA 50138 or turn in papers in person. Please
note, our office is currently residing at 614 E Washington St. in
Knoxville (former East Elementary School Building).
- County Ag Extension Paperwork
- Soil and Water Commissioner Paperwork
- Township Trustee Affidavit of Candidacy (extended from the March
- Last Day to file convention certificates to fill a party ballot
vacancy for county office
Affidavit of Candidacy for Non-Partisan Offices may be found at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/candidates/affidavit.pdf
Nomination Petition for Non-Partisan Offices can be found at https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/pdf/candidates/nompetnonpartisan.pdf
An absentee ballot request form must be completed by the voter for
each election that a voter wants a ballot for. The completed form
should be submitted to the county auditor on the state prescribed
Click here to be taken to the Absentee Ballot Request forms.
An absentee ballot is a ballot that the voter records and casts
other than at a designated polling station on Election Day.
Typically these ballots are mailed, though some states provide
provisions for emailing ballots, faxing ballots, or delivering them
in person to a designated location.
and Overseas Voting Information
For U.S. citizens residing outside the U.S. or members or family
members of the U.S. Armed Forces.
The Federal Post Card Application
Form (SF-76), Registration & Absentee Ballot Request will update
your voter registration record and absentee ballots will
automatically be issued to the registrant through the next two
Individuals considering running for public office should read the
Candidates Guide for that office available on the Iowa Secretary of
Stateís Website at
Potential candidates should also visit the Iowa Campaign Ethics &
Finance website at
www.iowa.gov/ethics to get information regarding campaign laws
and required reporting information.
Letter from Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board
Click here for Elections and Voting Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where do I vote?
Click here to open the Marion County, Iowa Voting Precincts and
Polling Locations Map.
Click here for a List of Precincts and Poll Locations.
2. How can I get an absentee ballot?
Answer: Complete an Absentee Ballot Request Form and submit to
county auditor. Absentee voting can be done at the Auditorís Office
or your ballot can be sent to you by mail.
Click here get an absentee ballot request form.
3. I have moved. How do I update my voter
registration information? Answer:
Complete a new voter
registration application and submit to the county auditor.
4. Can I register to vote on Election Day?
Answer: Yes, but there are specific legal requirements as to the
identification documents you need to bring with you to the polls.
Additional information may be found at the Iowa Secretary of State's
5. I am considering running for public
office. What information do I need? Answer: Many of
your questions can be answered by visiting the
Iowa Secretary of Stateís website, and the
Iowa Ethics & Campaign Disclosure Board website.
6. I have a lot of questions about the entire voting
process, is there some place I can go for information?
The Iowa State Association of County Auditors (ISACA), in
cooperation with the Iowa Secretary of State, has created a series
of slideshow presentations explaining different aspects of the
election and voting processes. Click here to visit the ISACA website
to access these presentations.
|- A Primary Election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). In other words, primary elections are generally when each political party decides its nominee for the upcoming general election. Primaries are common in the United States, where they trace their origin to the progressive movement. Elsewhere in the world, the nomination of candidates is usually the responsibility of political parties and does not make use of the public apparatus for holding elections.
Primary Elections are held the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in June in of
each even-numbered year.
|-- A General Election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body
are up for election. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation's primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections.
General Elections are held the 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November of
each even-numbered year.
|- A Special Election is
any election that is not a regular scheduled election called for by any taxing
authority in Marion County for specific purposes as defined by the Code of Iowa.
|- A City School Election is an election that occurs
bi-annually on odd numbered years in November. This recently combined election
is used to elect the Mayor and Council Members for specific cities within Marion
County. It is also used to elect School Board Members for specific school
districts located in and adjacent to Marion County.