General Election

General Election

Filing Periods

The filing periods for the November 8, 2016, General Election are:

  • State and Federal Offices: August 1 - August 19, 2015 (5:00 p.m.)
  • County Offices: August 8 - August 31, 2016 (5:00 p.m.)

Candidate List

The candidate list will be updated daily during the candidate filing period.

Contact your county auditor for information on county candidates.

Candidate's Guide

Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Requirements

For information about candidates' ethics and campaign filing responsibilities and deadlines, please contact the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board.

Federal candidates: For information about financial disclosure requirements, please contact the Federal Election Commission (1-800-424-9530).

Nomination Papers

Partisan Offices

Candidates who were nominated in the Primary Election are automatically placed on the General Election ballot and do not need to file again.

Non-Partisan Offices

Offices on the 2016 General Election Ballot

U.S. Offices

  • U.S. Senator
  • U.S. Representative (all districts)

State Offices

  • State Senator (odd-numbered districts 1-49)
  • State Representative (districts 1-100)

County Offices

  • Some members of county boards of supervisors
  • County Auditor
  • County Sheriff
  • Any vacant offices needing to be filled

Non-Partisan Offices

  • Some township officers
  • County public hospital trustees
  • Soil and water conservation district commissioners
  • County agricultural extension council members
  • Any vacant offices needing to be filled

Judges Standing for Retention

  • Judges may stand for retention at the General Election before their terms expire
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