This is the main election information page. For additional Election information we recommend that you visit the Secretary of States websiteand look under Elections. We have broken elections into five (5) categories for ease of use. The categories are:
Howard County Primary Election Information
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.
For more information about Primary Elections visit Wikipedia.
Absentee ballots will be available for voting in the office of the Howard County Auditor’s Office. You may submit absentee requests for mailing ballots at anytime. Any voter wishing to vote absentee may come into the Howard County Auditor’s Office and vote absentee during regular business hours, Monday thru Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or you can request a ballot to be mailed to you by filling out a request form and sending it to the Howard County Auditor’s Office, 137 N Elm St, Cresco, IA 52136.
These request forms may be obtained from the Auditor’s Office or you can download them from the Howard County website:www.co.howard.ia.usor from the Iowa Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.state.ia.us.
You may contact the Howard County Auditor, Julie Chapman, by calling the Auditor’s Office at (563) 547-9203, by stopping by the Auditor’s office at 137 N Elm St, Cresco, IA 52136 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to download forms regarding Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosures, CLICK HERE to go to the Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board. If you have an Questions, Please Contact the Howard County Auditor's Office 563-547-9203
Howard County City Election Information
A City Election is an election that occurs bi-annually on odd number years in November. A City election is used to elect the Mayor and Council Members for specific cities in Howard County.
A School Election is an election held every two years in November. School Elections are used to elect school board members for specific school districts located in and adjacent to Howard County. Periodically a School Election ballot may also contain a "Public Measure" question in regard to School District budget, levying authority, or other District operations.
A Special Election is any election that is not a regular scheduled election. The election may be called for by any taxing authority in Howard County, including city councils, the county board of supervisors, school boards or by any other governing body for any purpose authorized or required as defined by the Code of Iowa.
(1) It's your money. The elected officials you vote for will decide how much of our wealth to invest in public services and how to fairly share the tax burden.
(2) It's your children's education. You elect local and state school board members who set public education policy and budgets that will affect how well prepared your children and grandchildren will be for the future. Decisions by our legislators, governor, members of Congress and president also affect the public schools-- and the quality and cost of higher education as well.
(3) It's your job. Congress, the president, the governor and your legislators influence what job training is available, minimum wage, pay equity, fairness in hiring, health insurance through your employer, job and pension security, and workplace safety.
(4) It's your health care. Action by the governor, legislature and Congress has made health insurance accessible to thousands but many citizens are still uninsured.
(5) Their decisions on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance laws determine your access to health care. You breathe the air and drink the water. Howard County, state and national elected officials set pollution standards, enforcement strategies and budgets. They plan and zone where roads and industries will be built and how public lands will be used --decisions that can determine how safe your air and water are.