Absentee voting allows a registered voter to cast their vote without going to the polls on Election Day. The date absentee voting is available to the public is announced via media outlets.
How do I obtain an Absentee Ballot?
You may obtain an absentee ballot by one of the following ways:
- A written request for an absentee ballot addressed to the County Auditor must include all of the following information:
- Registered voter's name
- Date of birth
- Mailing address
- Name or date of the election for which you are requesting an absentee ballot
- Call the County Auditor's office at (641) 421-3027 and request an Absentee Ballot Request Form be mailed to you. Once you receive the request form, you must complete the form and mail or drop off the completed form at the County Auditor's office. Once the form is received, a ballot will be mailed to your mailing address.
How to Return a Voted Absentee Ballot
A voter may personally deliver or mail a voted absentee ballot to the County Auditor’s office or designate another person to do so. If a voter designates another person to return the ballot, the voter may require the other person to sign and give the voter a receipt.
An absentee ballot that is physically received in the County Auditor’s office by the time the polls close on Election Day is considered on time to be counted.
An absentee ballot received in the County Auditor’s office after Election Day must bear a legible postmark dated prior to Election Day or must have been electronically tracked in the U.S. Postal Service system prior to Election Day.
It is each voter’s responsibility to deliver or mail the voted ballot early enough to ensure it is on time to be counted.
Military and Overseas Voters
For local questions or personal assistance, contact:
Tracie Siemers, Deputy Auditor