Tuesday is the day, although for more than 3,600 Jackson County residents, its significance already passed.
Voters will head to the polls Nov. 6 to decide numerous contested state and local races in the 2018 mid-term general election. Polling sites will open at 7 a.m. and close at 9 p.m.
As of late Tuesday, more than 3,600 people had either requested ballots, voted absentee or voted early, according to Deputy County Auditor Alisa Smith.
That number is “on pace” with voter participation in past years, added Auditor Brian Moore.
In Jackson County, Democrats requested (1,677) and returned (1,359) the most absentee ballots, according to a daily absentee
ballot report from the Iowa Secretary of State’s Office. Other numbers reported were 915 ballots requested and 790 returned by Republicans, 1,062 requested and 686 returned by residents with no party affiliation. Libertarians accounted for seven requests and two returns.
Voters still have time to beat Election Day lines. The county Auditor’s Office, located at 201 W. Platt St., Maquoketa, was open extended hours (until 5 p.m.) Friday and will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.
Moore and Smith recommended that voters bring a photo ID with them to the polls. Photo ID is not required Tuesday but will be necessary beginning in 2019.
Do you need a ride to your polling location on Tuesday? RTA is offering free rides to voting precincts for residents in Maquoketa, and Jackson County as services accommodate, according to Tricia Wagner, RTA mobility and outreach coordinator with East Central Intergovernmental Association.
RTA wants “to help everyone get out and vote,” Wagner said.
Call ahead and schedule your RTA trip at 1-800-839-5005. All vehicles are wheelchair accessible.
On the ballot
In Jackson County, the largest pool of candidates for one seat comes in the District 3 county supervisor race. Trying to unseat incumbent Larry McDevitt, D-Maquoketa, are Jeff Holtz, R-Maquoketa; Jess Herrig, an independent from Bellevue; and independent Allan Till of Maquoketa.
Independent Samantha McLaughlin seeks to unseat District 2 supervisor Jack Willey, D-Maquoketa, who has held the seat about 20 years.
County supervisors’ terms last four years.
Nancy Roling will retire as county treasurer at the end of the year, leaving a vacancy. Beth Gerlach, R-Springbrook, will face Arlene Lyon, D-Maquoketa, to fill that seat, which comes with a four-year term.
Incumbent Arlene Schauf, D-Maquoketa, seeks re-election as county recorder. She faces Jackie Leitzen, R-Delmar, for a four-year term.
Sara Davenport, D-Maquoketa, faces no opposition for the county attorney seat she holds. The seat is a four-year term.
Kevin Burns, Gloria Jorgensen and Matt Osterhaus seek to keep their seats on the Jackson County Regional Health Center Board of Trustees. Mark Edwards filed a petition for one of the three available seats, while Dianne Brady launched a last-minute write-in campaign.
Other local races
Jackson Soil and Water Conservation: Terri McCulley, William Bevan
Jackson County Agriculture Extension: Tracey Hueneke, Karen Till, Laura Farrell, Jerard Gnade, Mary Thomas
Bellevue Township: Clerk, Troy Patzner; Trustee, William Bevan
Brandon Township: Clerk, Peggy Stevens; Trustee, Scott Flagel
Butler Township: Clerk, Michael Burke; Trustee, Bob Noonan
Farmers Creek Township: Clerk, Sandra Gerlach; Trustee, Allen Schnoor; Trustee, Tim Kammeyer, to fill vacancy (two years)
Iowa Township: Clerk, Melanie Macy; Trustee, no candidate
Iowa Township: Trustee, no candidate, to fill vacancy (two years)
Jackson Township: Clerk, no candidate; Trustee, Kevin Lundin; Trustee, no candidate, to fill vacancy (two years)
Maquoketa Township: Clerk, William Deppe; Trustee, Terry Ostert
Monmouth Township: Clerk, Debra DeVore; Trustee, no candidate
Otter Creek Township: No candidates for clerk or trustee
Perry Township: Clerk, David Hankemeier; Trustee, Kevin D. Kilburg
Prairie Springs Township: Clerk, no candidate; Trustee, Joseph Kies
Richland Township: Clerk, Mary Ann Kunde; Trustee, Ronald Manders
South Fork Township: Clerk, Craig Schnoor; Trustee, Joshua Dostal
Tete des Morts Township: Clerk, no candidate; Trustee, Erwin Felderman; Trustee, Lynn Kohlenberg, to fill vacancy (two years)
Union Township: No candidates for clerk or trustee
Van Buren Township: Clerk, no candidate; Trustee, Roger Nolting
Washington Township: Clerk, Brenda Tebbe; Trustee, Mark Banowetz
State District 58 Representative: Incumbent Andy McKean, R-Anamosa; Joe Oclon, D-Maquoketa
State Senator District 29: Carrie Koelker, R-Dyersville; Incumbent Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa
U.S. District 1 Representative: Incumbent Rep. Rod Blum, R-Dubuque; Abby Finkenauer, D-Dubuque; Troy Hageman, L-Calmar
Governor/Lieutenant Governor: Incumbent Republicans Kim Reynolds and Adam Gregg; Fred Hubbell and Rita Hart, Democrats; Jake Porter and Lynne Gentry, Libertarian; Gary Siegwarth and Natalia Blaskovich, Clear Water Party of Iowa
Secretary of State: Incumbent Paul D. Pate, R-Des Moines; Deidre DeJear, D-Des Moines; Jules Ofenbakh, L-West Des Moines
Auditor of State: Incumbent Mary Mosiman, R-Ames; Rob Sand, D-Des Moines; Fred Perryman, L-Cedar Falls
Treasurer of State: Jeremy Davis, R-Ames; Incumbent Michael Fitzgerald, D-Waukee; Timothy Hird, L-Des Moines
Secretary of Agriculture: Incumbent Mike Naig, R-Des Moines; Tim Gannon, D-Des Moines; Rick Stewart, L-Cedar Rapids
Attorney General: Incumbent Tom Miller, D-Des Moines; Marco Battaglia, L-Des Moines
Court of Appeals Judge: Michael R. Mullins, Mary Ellen Tabor, Anuradha Vaitheswaran
District Judge: Nancy Tabor, John Telleen, Mark Cleve, Thomas Reidel
District Associate Judge: Gary Strausser
1st Precinct: Bellevue Twp. and Bellevue City Hall: Community Center Basement, 1700 State St., Bellevue
2nd Precinct: Tete des Morts Twp., St. Donatus City, St. Donatus Parish Center: 97 E. First St., St. Donatus
3rd Precinct: Prairie Springs and Richland Twps., LaMotte city: Recreation Center, 523 Elm St., LaMotte
4th Precinct: Butler and Otter Creek Twps., part of Zwingle city: St. Lawrence Community Hall, Otter Creek, 17374 Bellevue Cascade Road, Zwingle
5th Precinct: Brandon and Monmouth Twps., Monmouth and Baldwin cities: Baldwin Fire Station, 5194 47th St., Baldwin
6th Precinct: Farmers Creek and Perry Twps., Andrew city: City Hall, 11 E. Benton St., Andrew
7th Precinct: Maquoketa and South Fork Twps.: Pearson Memorial Hall, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa
8th Precinct: Jackson and Washington Twps., Springbrook city: City Hall, 101 E. Main St., Springbrook
9th Precinct: Fairfield and Van Buren Twps., Preston and Spragueville cities: Community Hall, 52 W. Gillet St., Preston
10th Precinct: Iowa Twp., Miles City: City Hall, 430 Ferry Road, Miles
11th Precinct: Union Twp., Sabula city: City Hall, 411 Broad St., Sabula
12th Precinct: Maquoketa First Ward: Pearson Memorial Center, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa
13 Precinct: Maquoketa Second Ward: Pearson Memorial Center, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa
14th Precinct: Maquoketa Third Ward: Pearson Memorial Center, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa
15th Precinct: Maquoketa Fourth Ward: Pearson Memorial Center, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa
16th Precinct: Maquoketa Fifth Ward: Pearson Memorial Center, 1212 E. Quarry St., Maquoketa