The Primary Election is an election to determine which candidates will qualify for the General Election for a given party. In Iowa you must be a member of the political party of which you wish to vote for in order to participate. This is known as a "closed primary." The primary election is held on the 1st Tuesday following the 1st Monday in June of each even-numbered year.
Pre-registration deadline for voter registration closes at 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 22, 2020. Persons wishing to participate in this election who register to vote after May 22, 2020, will be required to provide proof of identification (i.e. current and valid photo identification card with an expiration date), AND proof of residency in their voting precinct, when they go to the polls on election day, or when they request an absentee ballot. Other provisions may also apply. Persons not registered to vote by May 22, 2020, should expect a longer processing time at the polls on election day.
Absentee Ballots will be available beginning Thursday, April 23, 2020, BY MAIL, and beginning Monday, May 4, 2020 for in-person voting.
The last day an absentee ballot may be mailed to a voter for this election is Friday, May 22, 2020. (Postal delivery is now two to five days each way.)
In-person absentee voting in the office of the Jones County Auditor closes at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Requests for absentee ballots must be in writing and should be mailed or delivered to:
Jones County Auditor, Rm 113, 500 W. Main St., Anamosa IA 52205
Voted absentee ballots returned by mail MUST be postmarked no later than Monday, June 1, 2020, and then received in the Auditor’s Office not later than 12:00 noon on Monday, June 8, 2020, to be considered for counting. Voters are advised to keep in mind that postal delivery is now two to five days.
Extended and Saturday hours are available for voter registration and absentee voting in the Jones County Auditor’s Office. In addition to regular hours of Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., extended office hours during the 2020 primary election season will be as follows:
Thursday, April 16 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 22 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday, May 29 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 30 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, June 1 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tuesday, June 2 - 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.* or later, depending on election activities
As a result of the legislative redistricting process following the 2010 census, Jones County was divided into two legislative districts.
The cities of Anamosa and Monticello; and Cass, Castle Grove, Jackson, Lovell, and Wayne Townships, along with a very small portion of Fairview Township lying north and east of the City of Anamosa, and north of Highway 64 are in State Senate District 48, and State House District 96.
The cities of Cascade, Martelle, Morley, Olin, Onslow, Oxford Junction, and Wyoming; and Clay, Greenfield, Hale, Madison, Oxford, Richland, Rome, Scotch Grove, Washington, and Wyoming Townships, along with the remainder of Fairview Township, are in State Senate District 29, and State House District 58.