Regular city elections occur every two years. As defined, regular city elections would be those elections for which the mayor seat or council member seats are open. The city council may call a special election for reasons allowed by Iowa State Code. The next regularly held election will be in November 6, 2012 where three council seats are open for election.
The City Council consists of five “at-large” members who are nominated by eligible electors (a person 18 years of age or older and residing within Ankeny). Those interested to run for city council may pick up nomination papers from the City Clerk’s Office or the Polk County Election Office.
By Ankeny Municipal code, the City adheres to the primary election process, which means that if more than two candidates run for an open seat, a primary election is held four weeks before the regular city election.
How do I register to vote? You can obtain a registration form through the City Clerk's office, 410 W. First Street, (515) 965-6400 or the Polk County Election office, 120 Second Ave, Des Moines, Iowa, (515) 286-3247. There are voter registration deadlines before you can vote at any particular election. Please contact the City Clerk's office to confirm the deadline.
Where do I vote? To determine where your voting precinct is located, please contact the Polk County Election office at (515)286-3247 or go to their website at http://auditor.co.polk.ia.us/election.htm
How do I run for office? If you are interested in running for an open seat, please contact the City Clerk at 515-965-6405 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the Polk County Election office at (515)286-3247.
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