This is the main election information page. We have broken elections into five (5) categories for ease of use. The categories are:
A primary election is an election in which voters in a jurisdiction select candidates for a subsequent election (nominating primary). In other words, primary elections are generally when each political party decides its nominee for the upcoming general election. Primaries are common in the United States, where they trace their origin to the progressive movement. Elsewhere in the world, the nomination of candidates is usually the responsibility of political parties and does not make use of the public apparatus for holding elections.
A general election is an election in which all or most members of a given political body are up for election. The term is usually used to refer to elections held for a nation’s primary legislative body, as distinguished from by-elections and local elections.
A School Election is an election held every two years in September. School Elections are used to elect school board members for specific school districts located in and adjacent to Cass County.
A City Election is an election that occurs bi-annually on odd number years in November. A City election is used to elect the Mayor and Council Members for specific cities in Cass County.
A Special Election is any election that is not a regular scheduled election. The election may be called for by any taxing authority in Cass County, including city councils, the county board of supervisors, school boards or by any other governing body for any purpose authorized or required as defined by the Code of Iowa.
Top 5 Reasons to vote!
- It’s your money. The elected officials you vote for will decide how much of our wealth to invest in public services and how to fairly share the tax burden.
- It’s your children’s education. You elect local and state school board members who set public education policy and budgets that will affect how well prepared your children and grandchildren will be for the future. Decisions by our legislators, governor, members of Congress and president also affect the public schools — and the quality and cost of higher education as well.
- It’s your job. Congress, the president, the governor and your legislators influence what job training is available, minimum wage, pay equity, fairness in hiring, health insurance through your employer, job and pension security, and workplace safety.
- It’s your health care. Action by the governor, legislature and Congress has made health insurance accessible to thousands but many citizens are still uninsured. Their decisions on Medicaid, Medicare and private insurance laws determine your access to health care.
- You breathe the air and drink the water. Your county, state and national elected officials set pollution standards, enforcement strategies and budgets. They plan and zone where roads and industries will be built and how public lands will be used — decisions that can determine how safe your air and water are.