Key Election Dates

The following are key dates for School Board candidates in the 2021 election:

August 23: First day to file nomination papers with the board secretary.

September 16: Last day to file nomination papers with the board secretary. Deadline is 5:00 PM. Nominating papers for the Des Moines School Board must be delivered to the district’s office at 2100 Fleur Drive by that deadline.

September 21: Last day candidates may withdraw. Last day written objections to nomination papers or eligibility of candidates may be filed. Deadline is 5 p.m.

November 2: School election day. Polls are open from 7 a.m.-8 p.m.

November 8 or 9: Tier 1 canvass of votes for all school districts: first Monday or Tuesday after the election, unless these dates fall on a legal holiday, then it pushes back one day. This is the only and final election canvass for school districts located within one county.

November 15 or 16: Tier 2 canvass of votes for districts whose boundary lines fall within multiple counties: second Monday or Tuesday after the election. This is the second and final election canvass for those districts.