The voter registration deadline to register early to vote for the upcoming General Election is Saturday, October 27, 2012. According to Mahaska County Auditor, Kay Swanson, the Auditor’s Office will be open from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on that day. If you are mailing a voter registration form, it must be postmarked on or before October 22, 2012 to vote in the General Election. If you are registering by mail, for the first time, you must also include a copy of proof of identity.
As of January 1, 2008 you may register at your precinct on Election Day. Be sure to bring along a photo id with an expiration date stating your current address. If your photo id does not have your current address please contact the Auditor’s Office at (641) 673-7148 for additional requirements.
Absentee ballots for the General Election are now available for voting at the Auditor’s Office. To obtain an absentee ballot upon written request please go to the Secretary of State’s website www.sos.state.ia.us/elections and download the Absentee Ballot Request Form. Your request must state you would like to vote in the General Election, November 6, 2012, the address where you live, the address you would like the ballot mailed to, birth date, and day time phone number. Each person requesting a ballot must complete and sign a request form. Mail your form to: Mahaska County Auditor, Kay Swanson, 106 South 1st Street, Oskaloosa, Iowa 52577. The absentee ballot will be sent to the voter once the request has been received in the Auditor’s Office. If you do not have access to the State’s website, contact the Auditor’s Office.
Absentee ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked on or before November 5, 2012. Voted absentee ballots may also be returned to the Auditor’s Office in person until 9:00 p.m. on Election Day. For further information or questions regarding the General Election, please call the Auditor’s Office at (641) 673-7148.