Political Action & Elections

Political Action & Elections

Click here to go to our Members Only section of Political Action & Elections which includes our bills of interest, election tips and more.

Vote Early in the November Election

Vote early in person: Go to your county auditor’s office to cast your vote from now until November 2nd, 2020. Make sure to wear a face covering and bring your Drivers Licenses or Voter ID card. Find your county auditor’s office here.

Vote early from home: You can have your ballot mailed to you by requesting an absentee ballot by October 24th, 2020. Find the request form, your county auditor’s address to mail your request form to, and the link to track your absentee ballot here. Once you receive your ballot, fill it out as soon as possible, and send it back to your county auditor to have your vote cast.

Vote election day: Polls are open 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Tuesday November 3rd. Make sure to wear a face covering and bring your Drivers Licenses or Voter ID card. Due to COVID-19, some polling locations may have changed. Check your polling location before you head to the polls.

Find candidates who support strong public schools and Iowa educators

Enter your address here to see the ISEA-recommended candidates on your ballot:

Take Action

Write Congress. Track legislation. Find resources and data. The NEA Action Center gives activists the information they need and resources to use to work for strong public schools at the national level.


It’s a fact of life that every decision that affects education is a political decision. That’s why the ISEA has developed a comprehensive program to help make public education issues an important part of the campaigns of candidates at all levels. Through our political action arm, ISEA-PAC, association members interview candidates about their views on education-related issues, issue recommendations on which candidates are most supportive of public education, and work to help get pro-education candidates elected.

Your voluntary contribution to our political action arm, ISEA-PAC, gives us the strength and political influence we need to make a difference for students and public education in Iowa. It helps us elect candidates who have their priorities straight and who are willing to back up their talk with positive action.What’s more, ISEA-PAC contributions help us help Iowans get beyond the campaign rhetoric and better understand what’s really at stake.

Here’s how ISEA-PAC works: We use an extensive interview and recommendation process to identify candidates who truly support educators and public education. Then, we disseminate that information to help our members — and the public — make informed decisions on election day.

You can donate to ISEA-PAC through a checkoff on your membership form, by sending a check made out to ISEA-PAC to ISEA headquarters at 777 Third Street, Des Moines, Iowa, 50309, or donate online on our members only section.

School Board Elections

Local school boards and community college trustee boards have a tremendous influence on the quality of education in your community. They determine education policy, funding distribution, professional salaries and benefits, and working conditions. Critical decisions are made at the local level and it is incumbent on the men and women who work in public education to advocate for candidates who support strong public schools and quality public education professionals.

Take control of your career. Pick your boss. Make sure they believe in public education like you do. The members-only section election do’s and don’ts and a study from the University of Minnesota on Iowa’s AEAs for members who are interested in making a difference in elections or running for office.

School board elections are held in November of odd-numbered years. These materials can help you and voters in your community vote for stronger public schools.

Guide to Interviewing and Recommending Candidates Candidate for School Board

School Board Candidate Assessment Questions

School Board Candidate Interview Questions

Community College Board of Trustee Candidate Questions