Persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot have two options:
- They may vote in person at the Auditors Office
- They may complete an official Absentee Ballot Request form & return it to the Auditor’s Office to have a ballot mailed to them
Requests for an absentee ballot should be made no earlier than 70 days prior to an election. Routinely the Auditors Office issues a press release to announce when absentee ballots are available and ready for voting.
Persons requiring their ballot be mailed to an address other than their registered address may include college students, snow birds, and persons residing overseas.
It is possible to fax your official Absentee Ballot Request form for an absentee ballot.
However, the voter must separately mail the ORIGINAL REQUEST document to the Auditors Office which must be received before election day in order for the issued ballot to be counted. Voted ballots will not be opened unless the original request has been received.
The Code Of Iowa provides for persons who have become hospitalized within 3 days of an election; Saturday, Sunday or Monday (or election day). To make a request call the Auditors Office no later than 4 hours before the polls close. The issued ballot will be personally delivered to that voter at the hospital by 2 election officials who will assist the voter in voting (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Auditors Office to be counted on election day.
The last day to vote by absentee ballot is always the day before the election during regular Election Office hours which are 8 am to 4:30 pm.
Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received before the canvass. Voters may return absentee ballots personally to the Auditors Office on election day prior to the closing of the polls.
Polls close at 9 pm for Primary and General elections, and 8 pm for Municipal and School elections. Absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter will be allowed to vote at their polling location. Questions may be directed to the Auditors Office.