Polk County Auditor

General Election 2018

General Election November 6, 2018

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given to the qualified electors of the County of Polk, State of Iowa, that the General Election has been called and ordered to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018.  The polls will be open from 7:00 AM until 9:00 PM.

Visit our General Election website for the official publication / polling place list and the sample ballot for each precinct.  

General Election - Important Dates

July 9 - First day to request a mailed absentee ballot for the General Election.

October 8 – First day absentee ballot may be mailed or voted in the office

October 22 – Worry free postmark deadline for mail in voter registration forms

October 27 – Voter preregistration deadline and deadline to request an absentee ballot by mail.  Election office open until 5:00 PM for voter registration.  Voters may use Election Day registration procedures to register to vote after the preregistration deadline.

Saturday, October 27 & November 3 - Election office open until 5:00 PM for in person absentee voting

November 5 - 5:00 PM Last day to vote absentee in person at the election office.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked by this date and received by noon on Tuesday, November 13, to be considered on time to be counted.

November 6 - General Election Day.  Polls open 7:00 AM until 9:00 PM

Questions call (515) 286-3247

 Registration, absentee and result links are on the footer.

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Main Office

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 230
Des Moines, IA 50309
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3080

Fax: (515) 286-3608


Election Office

George Paletta Building
120 2nd Avenue, Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3247

Fax: (515) 286-2099


Central Accounting

Administration Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 315
Des Moines, IA 50309 
Mon - Fri: 8 - 5, except holidays


Phone: (515) 286-3753

Fax: (515) 323-5253