Elections

Elections in the City of Newton are held by the Jasper County Auditor. Below you will find information that includes city election results, primary and general election information, and special election details.

2022 General Election

This year's general election will be held on Tuesday, November 8. 

  • All polls will be open from 7:00am to 8:00pm. 
  • Absentee ballot requests will be accepted beginning 70 days prior to November 8 which is August 31. Requests received prior to August 31 will be rejected and the voter will have to submit a new request. 
  • Absentee ballots will be mailed out beginning October 19, 2022 and the last day to request an absentee ballot to mailed is October 24. 
  • In person absentee voting will begin in the Auditor’s office located in Room 201 of the Jasper County Courthouse on October 19 and will end on November 7, 2022.

Learn more on the Jasper County Elections website.

Precincts & Polling Locations

Click here to find your polling place on the Iowa Secretary of State's website.

  • Newton City Ward 1 Pct. 1 - Jasper County Church of Christ (Former Union Hall) · 1813 1st St. N. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 1 Pct. 2 - Park Centre · 500 1st St. N. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 2 Pct. 1 - Immanuel Baptist Church · 1300 N. 4th Ave. E. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 2 Pct. 2 -  Luke United Methodist Church · 501 E. 19th St. N. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 3 Pct. 1 - First Baptist Church · 620 S. 8th Ave. E. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 3 Pct. 2 - Jasper County Community Center · 2401 1st Ave. E. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 4 Pct. 1 - Jasper County Admin. Building · 315 W. 3rd St. N. · Newton, IA 50208
  • Newton City Ward 4 Pct. 2 - American Legion · 1101 W. 4th St. S. · Newton, IA 50208

Click here to view the Ward & Precinct map put together by the Jasper County Auditor's Office.

2023 City Election

City of Newton Mayor and City Council elections are held in November in odd-numbered years. The most recent City election was held on November 2, 2021

View 2021 City-School Election results from Jasper County from the State of Iowa Secretary of State website.

View election results on the Jasper County Elections website by clicking here

For residents:

More about Newton's Local Government

To many, the role of mayor or council member may seem simple — go to a meeting, vote and go home. However, the reality of policy leadership is more complex, challenging and interesting. In fact, the roles of mayor or council are multi-faceted, fluid and at times can be situational. The many roles that policy leaders assume all require various skills and may rely on a variety of strategies and methods. Also, there are general components of leadership such as communication or representation that are part of nearly all situations or roles.

Newton’s government is made up of a mayor and six council members. Four council members represent the four wards in Newton, while two council members serve as at-large council members and represent the city as a whole. The mayor is elected for a two-year term and councilpersons serve four-year terms. Any resident over 18 can vote, if they are registered and live within city limits.

The city council acts as the official policy-making body of the city, adopting all ordinances, resolutions and approving contracts required by the city. The Council analyzes proposals to meet community needs, initiates action for new programs and determines the ability of the city to provide financing for city operations. The council also reviews, modifies and approves the annual budget. Additionally, the council performs other miscellaneous duties, including appointments to various boards and commissions and responds to community groups and individual constituents.

Council meetings are at 6 p.m. the first and third Monday of each month. Council work sessions may be held as needed. Work sessions are informational only; no final decisions are made at these sessions. Special meetings may be called by the mayor, council member or city staff as needed. In addition to the meetings, you should allow time for other duties; such as out-of-town meetings and conversing with citizens. The council may spend several hours in meetings during the budget planning process.