Voter Information

Voting in Ottumwa

To vote in Iowa, you must be a registered to vote. To qualify to register to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and resident of Iowa at least 17 1/2 years old (must be 18 years old by election day to vote). People who have been judged mentally incompetent to vote by a court, are registered to vote in any other place and/or are a convicted felon (unless your voting rights have been restored) are ineligible to vote in Iowa. You can register to vote at the Wapello County Auditor’s Office on the second floor of the Wapello County Courthouse, 101 W 4th Street in Ottumwa.

Running For City Council or Mayor

City Elections for Mayor and City Council seats are held on odd numbered years. Candidates for these elective offices can find important information about running for office at the Iowa Secretary of State’s Website. To see the three year election calendar, click on the following link to the Iowa Secretary of State’s Website: sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/3yrelectioncal.html.

Ottumwa’s City Council positions are four-year terms. The Mayor’s term of office is two years. Officials elected in the November regular city elections in odd numbered years take office in early January following the election.

The Ottumwa City Council meets on the first and third Tuesdays of the month at City Hall. The Mayor and City Council also sit as the Board of Health and meets on an as need basis, and are members of the Ottumwa/Wapello County Solid Waste Commission, which meet the third Wednesday of the month.

Special Elections

From time to time, issues may be placed on the ballot for the people of Ottumwa to decide.

For more information on elections in Ottumwa contact the Ottumwa City Clerk at 105 E. Third Street, Ottumwa, IA 52501. The Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM.



Any resident of the City of Ottumwa, whether registered to vote or not, 18 years of age, who has not been convicted of a felony, unless pardoned by the governor, nor declared mentally incompetent, may seek public office.