Iowa Primaries Fast Approaching

Whether you like it or not, 2016 is full of politics for Iowans. We made it through the Caucus on February 1st and are soon to approach the next political vote, the primaries, scheduled Tuesday, June 7th.

The primaries are a time for voters to decide who will be their candidates at the local, state and federal level. If more than one candidate is running in a particular race, in a particular party, the candidate is decided during this process.

This is a party selection process.  As a voter, one must be registered as either a Democrat or a Republican to vote in the primary. If a voter is not registered with one of the major political parties, they may change their registration at their polling place.

A few helpful tips for the upcoming primary:

  • CLICK HERE to find out if you are registered to vote.
  • CLICK HERE to find your polling place.
  • Voters can request absentee ballots in the primary. Ballot requests must be mailed to your local county auditor’s office.  CLICK HERE to download and mail in the form.  CLICK HERE to find the address of your local County Auditor.  FYI – the completed absentee ballot form must be received by the county auditor no later than 5 pmon Friday, June 3rd.
  • In-person, early voting can occur at the County Auditor’s office.

The mechanics of primary voting have been laid out, but what about the candidates?  A number of races are happening across the state.  This year, all 100 Iowa Representatives and 25 of the 50 Iowa Senators are up for re-election. On a federal level, the four U.S. House Seats and one U.S. Senate seat will be determined in November.

Below are the candidates running for the U.S. Congressional and Senate races, including links to the candidate’s web site.

U.S. House District 1

U.S. House District 2

U.S. House District 3

U.S. House District 4

U.S. Senate

As you think about which candidates you will select, think too about the kids and working family issue(s) you care about–affordable, high-quality child care; safe communities; eliminating poverty; assuring opportunity for all.


Upcoming Events

  • Reminder – next Wednesday, May 25th, Every Child Matters in Iowa and the Child & Family Policy Center will co-host the viewing of “The Raising of America” in Des Moines. A panel discussion will follow the screening to talk about important issues affecting our youngest Iowans and their families.  It’s not too late to register!  CLICK HEREto RSVP.
  • Following the event next week, the Kiwanis Club of Des Moines will host Dr. Wil Blechman, May 31-June 2, to talk about the relationship between brain development and nutrition to a child’s development. CLICK HERE to RSVP and learn more about the event.