General Election

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. State constitutional amendments, city issues, or county issues may also appear on the ballot.

Partisan offices on the general election ballot are:
  • President and Vice President (leap years)
  • Governor and Lt. Governor, other statewide officials (non-leap years)
  • US Senator and Representative
  • State Legislators
  • County Officials
Non-partisan offices on the general election ballot are:
  • Agricultural Extension Council
  • Judicial retention (yes or no for judges to stay in office)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Board
  • Township Officials

2020 General Election


  • July 6: First day to request mailed absentee ballots.
  •  August 26: Last day to file nomination papers for county Ag Extension.
    Deadline is 5 PM.
  • October 5: - First day for in-person absentee voting and first day to mail domestic absentee ballots.  
  • October 24: Voter pre-registration deadline and last day to request mailed absentee ballot, by 5 PM. Voters are still able to register after this date using election day registration procedure. Auditor's Office open 8 AM - 5 PM.
  • October 31: Auditor's Office will be open 9 AM - 5 PM.
  • November 2: Last day for in-person absentee voting, Postmark deadline for mailed absentee ballots.
  • November 3: Election Day. Polls open 7 AM until 9 PM (Polling place locations subject to change due to COVID-19 emergency)
Sample Ballots
View Sample Ballots in the Archive Center.

Office Positions on Ballot


Federal Offices

  • President/Vice President
  • US Senator
  • US Representative

State Offices

  • State Senator
  • State Representative, District 55
  • State Representative, District 56

County Offices

  • Board of Supervisors (One Position)
  • County Auditor
  • County Sheriff
  • County Attorney (To Fill Vacancy)

Non-Partisan Offices

  • Township Offices
  • Soil & Water Conservation District Commissioners
  • Agricultural Extension Council Members

Judges

  • Judges may stand for retention before their terms expire