Iowa governor

Democrat Fred Hubbell is facing Republican incumbent Kim Reynolds for office.

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  • Candidates

    Fred Hubbell

    former Chairman of Younkers in 1980s, former President of Equitable of Iowa in late 1980s and early 90s


    HomeDes Moines
    Public offices heldnone
    EducationJD University of Iowa, Bachelor’s Degree University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    Familymarried, three grown children
    Key issueAs governor, I will work from Day One to restore and expand opportunities for every Iowan to be successful. That starts with reversing the privatization of Medicaid, funding solutions to Iowa’s growing mental health crisis, fully funding pre-K and K-12, and ensuring higher education is affordable and accessible. To do this, I will put Iowa’s budget behind the right priorities — education, health care, and getting incomes rising — rather than doling out wasteful corporate giveaways that don’t produce value for Iowans. I will restore fiscal responsibility to state government, so Iowa can once again invest in its future by putting people first.

    Kim Reynolds


    Iowa governor


    HomeDes Moines
    Public offices heldIowa governor, 2017-present; lieutenant governor, 2011-2017; Iowa state senator, 2009-2010; and Clarke County treasurer, 1993-2008
    EducationBachelor's degree in Liberal Studies with concentrations in political science, business management, and communications from Iowa State University
    Familymarried, three children
    Key issueEvery day, I’m working to build a better Iowa. I take this job seriously because Iowans trust me to do what’s right. I also believe there is no better place to live, work, and raise a family than Iowa. It’s a place where a small-town girl can run for county office, State Senate and serve as Lieutenant Governor. It’s a place where a fifth-generation Iowan can become the first female governor. And, it’s a place where core values matter, and promises are kept. My vision for Iowa focuses on growing jobs, strengthening education, improving healthcare and protecting Iowans.

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    Voter info

    Three ways to register

    » Online at

    » Print out an application (Here's the form) and take it to your local election commission (Here’s a list)

    » Register in person at an election commission office, the DMV, or in Douglas County, any of Omaha’s 12 library branches.

    Registration questions

    Visit to check whether you’re registered to vote and find your polling place. If you think you should be able to vote at a polling place but there’s a problem with the registration, request to fill out a provisional ballot. The election commission will collect them and then has a week to verify whether you are eligible to vote.

    To see a sample ballot

    See a sample ballot from the Nebraska Secretary of State website here.

    To find your district

    Visit and look up your registration info or polling place to find a list of the political districts you live in.

    Important dates

    Oct. 1: First day for early voting ballots to be mailed.
    Oct. 9: First day to vote early in person at election commission office.
    Oct. 19: Deadline to register to vote online, by mail, at agencies, at the DMV office, by deputy registrar or by registration form that’s delivered to the election office by someone other than the person registering
    Oct. 26: Deadline for in-person voter registration at election commission office, 6 p.m. Deadline for early voting ballots to be requested to be mailed to a specific address, 6 p.m. Deadline for write-in candidates to file notarized affidavit and filing fee with filing officer.
    Nov. 5: Deadline for in-person early voting at election commission office, 5 p.m. (Sarpy County office closes at 4:45 p.m.)
    Nov. 6: Election Day! Polls open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. 7 p.m.: Deadline for agent to pick up early voting ballot. 8 p.m.: Deadline to return early voting ballot to election commission office or drop box location
    Nov. 13: Deadline for verification of provisional ballots

    Here are the Douglas County drop box locations, opening in early October:

    City/County Building (1819 Farnam St.)
    South Omaha Branch Library (2808 Q St.)
    Washington Branch Library (2868 Ames Ave.)
    Ralston Police Department (7400 Main St., Ralston)
    Abrahams Branch Library (5111 N. 90th St.)
    Douglas County Election Commission (225 N. 115th St.)
    Drive-up location (115th and Davenport Streets, on median)
    Douglas County Engineer's Office (15505 West Maple Road)
    Millard Public Schools Foundation (5225 S. 159th Ave.)
    Bess Johnson Elkhorn Branch Library (2100 Reading Plaza)

    To contact your election commission

    Douglas County Election Commission:; 402-444-8683; 225 N. 115th St., Omaha, NE 68154

    Sarpy County Election Commission:; 402-593-2167; 501 Olson Drive, Suite 4, Papillion, NE 68046