General election is Nov. 8

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By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


Federal, state and local races are on the ballot for the upcoming Nov. 8 general election.


Iowans could begin casting ballots on Oct. 19, which was the start of the absentee voting period. It marked the first day Iowans could vote in person at their county election office and the first day auditors could mail absentee ballots to voters who requested them.


According to Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate’s office, more than 144,000 Iowans had requested an absentee ballot at that time. The deadline to request one to be mailed was Oct. 24. All absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on election day to be considered on time to be counted.


From now through election day, the Clayton County Election Office in Elkader will have extended hours in addition to its regular hours of Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. That includes 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5; and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. election day. Polls will also be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8. For a full list of precincts and polling locations, visit


The pre-registration deadline for voter registration was Oct. 24. Those who wish to participate in the election but register after Oct. 24 will be required to provide proof of identification—such as a current and valid photo identification card with an expiration date—and proof of residency in their voting precinct when they head to the polls. According to the Clayton County elections website, other provisions may also apply. People not registered to vote by Oct. 24 should expect a longer processing time at the polls on election day.


Who’s on the ballot?

In the federal races, Iowa voters will choose between long-time U.S. Senator Charles Grassley, a Republican, and Democratic challenger Michael Franken. Republican incumbent Ashley Hinson will look to retain her seat in the U.S. Congress against Democratic candidate Liz Mathis.


At the state level, current Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg are on the ballot, as are Deidre DeJear and Eric Van Lancker representing the Democratic Party and Rick Stewart and Marco Battaglia for the Libertarian Party.


Pate, a Republican, is running for re-election as Secretary of State, with a challenge from Democrat Joel Miller. Republican Todd Halbur is facing off against incumbent Rob Sand, a Democrat, for Auditor of State, while Republican Roby Smith looks to unseat Democrat Michael L. Fitzgerald as Treasurer of State. Republican Mike Naig is seeking re-election as Secretary of Agriculture, and Democrat John Norwood is his opponent. For attorney general, incumbent Democrat Tom Miller is on the ballot with Republican Brenna Bird.


In State House District 64, which now includes all of Allamakee and Clayton counties as well as Holy Cross in Dubuque County, incumbent Republican Anne Osmundson is seeking another term. Democrat Brian Bruening is running against her.


At the county level, two of four races are contested. Four candidates—Republicans Steve Doeppke (an incumbent) and Doug Reimer and Democrats Phil Specht and Lester Simons—are looking to fill two seats on the Clayton County Board of Supervisors. Democrat Donna Kann is facing off against long-time Clayton County Recorder Sue E. Meyer, a Republican. Current county treasurer Linda Zuercher and county attorney Zach Herrmann, both Republicans, are running unopposed.


For nonpartisan offices, all Clayton County voters will consider Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner, where Mark Glawe and Travis Anderson are running for two seats. Six individuals—Cindy Schoulte Petsche, Amanda Meyer, Katherine Ruff, Trent Henkes, Blair Lincoln and Adam Weigand—are vying to fill five spots on the County Agricultural Extension Council. Township voters will cast ballots for their respective township trustees and clerks.


The judicial ballot asks if Dana L. Oxley and Matthew McDermott should retain their seats on the state supreme court, Gina Badding and Paul B. Ahlers on the court of appeals and Michael J. Shubatt and Laura J. Parrish on the district court.


All voters will consider a public measure that asks if an amendment should be adopted to the state constitution that provides that the right of the people of Iowa to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.


Clayton County township voters will also be asked about this public measure: Shall the Clayton County Board of Supervisors fill the offices of trustees and clerk of [township name] by appointment as the terms of office of the incumbent township officers expire?


For more info, visit, or contact the Clayton County Auditor’s Office at (563) 245-1106 or 111 High St. NE, Suite 102, in the Clayton County Courthouse.

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