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Parties to decide on nominees June 5

Early voting has already begun in Jefferson County for the June 5 primary election.


Polls will be open that day from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


The Jefferson County Courthouse has absentee ballots available in the auditor?s office. The deadline for submitting absentee ballots is June 4.


Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The courthouse will be closed May 28 for Memorial Day.


The courthouse will stay open an extra 30 minutes until 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25, and again on Friday, June 1. It will also be open that Saturday, June 2, between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m.


Absentee ballots can be requested through the mail by completing an absentee ballot request form and sending it to the Jefferson County Auditor at 51 E. Briggs Ave. Suite 2 in Fairfield. The office must receive the request by 5 p.m. May 25.


 


Voter ID law


Jefferson County Elections Clerk Abbie DeKleine said the state is performing a ?soft rollout? of new voter identification laws. In the past, voters only had to produce a photo ID if they were registering at the polls or they were on the inactive voter list.


This year, voters must present their driver?s license when they vote. Those who have pre-registered to vote, but don?t have a driver?s license, will be sent a voter ID card in the mail.


People who have neither a driver?s license nor voter ID card on Election Day will be asked to sign an oath saying they are eligible to vote in that election.


DeKleine said the oath will only be available this year, because in 2019 the law will change again. That year, voters who cannot produce a photo ID on Election Day will cast a provisional ballot, and then have a certain number of days to produce the ID, whereupon their vote will be counted.


 


Voting qualifications


To vote in Iowa, residents must be registered to vote. To qualify, you must be a U.S. citizen, an Iowa resident and turn 18 by Election Day. You cannot be a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored), be judged mentally incompetent by a court or claim the right to vote in any other place.


 


Primary election rules


For primary elections, voters are choosing the nominees to represent their party in the general election in November. They cannot vote for candidates of different parties because they must ask for a ballot corresponding to just one party: Democratic, Republican or Libertarian.


Note that State Senate District 41 and State House District 84 do not overlap, so voters will only be able to vote on one of those races depending on where they live in the county.


Voters will select candidates for the following offices, divided by party:


 


REPUBLICANS


U.S. House District 2


Christopher Peters


 


Governor


Kim Reynolds


 


State Senate District 41 (covers about the western two-thirds of Jefferson County including Fairfield)


Daniel Cesar


Mariannette Miller-Meeks


 


State House District 82 (covers about the western two-thirds of Jefferson County including Fairfield)


No candidate


 


State House District 84


(covers eastern third of Jefferson County [Buchanan, Walnut, Lockridge and Round Prairie townships] excluding Fairfield)


Martin Amos


Trevor Lynn


Sheila Matheney


Joe Mitchell


 


County Supervisor


Dick Reed


 


County Treasurer


Terri Kness


 


County Attorney


Timothy Dille


 


Secretary of State


Paul Pate


 


State Auditor


Mary Mosiman


 


Secretary of Agriculture


Craig Lang


Mike Naig


Dan Zumbach


Ray Gaesser


Chad Ingels


 


DEMOCRATS


U.S. House District 2


Dave Loebsack


 


Governor


Nate Boulton


Cathy Glasson


Fred Hubbell


Andrea ?Andy? McGuire


John Norris


Ross Wilburn


 


State Senate District 41 (covers about the western two-thirds of Jefferson County including Fairfield)


Ed Malloy


Mary Stewart


 


State House District 82 (covers about the western two-thirds of Jefferson County including Fairfield)


Phil Miller


 


State House District 84


(covers eastern third of Jefferson County [Buchanan, Walnut, Lockridge and Round Prairie townships] excluding Fairfield)


Jason Moats


 


County Supervisor


Daryn J. Hamilton


 


County Recorder


Kelly Spees


 


Secretary of State


Deidre DeJear


Jim Mowrer


 


State Auditor


Rob Sand


 


State Treasurer


Michael L. Fitzgerald


 


Secretary of Agriculture


Tim Gannon


 


LIBERTARIANS


Governor


Marco Battaglia


Jake Porter


 


Polling places


Batavia - Batavia Community Center


Blackhawk - Packwood Fire Station


Buchanan - First United Methodist Church


Cedar - Jefferson Co. Ag Grounds Activity Bldg.


Center - Jefferson Co. Ag Grounds Activity Bldg.


Coppock - Lockridge Community Building


Des Moines - Libertyville Community Center


Fairfield First Ward - Fairfield High School Gym Lobby


Fairfield Second Ward - Former Lincoln Elementary School


Fairfield Third Ward - Nazarene Family Center


Fairfield Fourth Ward - Jefferson County Courthouse


Fairfield Fifth Ward - Pence Elementary School


Liberty - Libertyville Community Center


Libertyville - Libertyville Community Center


Lockridge - Lockridge Community Building


Lockridge City - Lockridge Community Building


Locust Grove - Batavia Community Center


Maharishi Vedic City - Jefferson Co. Ag Grounds Activity Bldg.


Packwood - Packwood Fire Station


Penn - Pleasant Plain Community Center


Pleasant Plain - Pleasant Plain Community Center


Polk - Packwood Fire Station


Round Prairie - Lockridge Community Building


Walnut - Lockridge Community Building