Can I use a Power of Attorney to request an absentee ballot for my spouse?
No. Iowa law specifically prohibits the use of a Power of Attorney to request an absentee ballot on behalf of another voter.
Do I have to change my voter registration if my name or address changes?
Yes. If you moved to a different county in Iowa, you will need to register in your new county. If you moved within the same county, you may update your registration with the County Auditor prior to the election or at your new polling place on Election Day. Updating your address on Election Day will take more time. Also, you will need to provide proof of identity and residence, if you have moved to a different precinct. A voter registration form is also used to change your name or address. Complete the form and return it to the County Auditor's office. A new card will be mailed to you.
How do I know my ballot will be counted correctly?
Iowa law requires a test of the ballot scanners prior to the election. A group of test ballots for the upcoming election is marked and used to confirm that the ballot scanners are correctly programmed in synchronization with the printed ballots, and that they correctly read the test ballots.
I heard one of the candidates is ahead based on absentee voting. Is this right?
No. Results from absentee voting are not released until after the polls close on Election Day. Prior to that, the media sometimes speculates on voting results based on the number of absentee voters and those voters' political party affiliations.
If someone helps me mark the ballot, can they tell others how I voted?
No. Iowa law prohibits a person from revealing how another person voted.
Is the voting system trustworthy?
Yes. The ballot scanners meet guidelines adopted by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and have been certified for use by the Iowa Board of Examiners.
This is my first time voting. What do I need to do?
When a voter's eligibility is in question on Election Day, the voter is allowed to cast a provisional ballot. Valid provisional ballots will be counted and included in the official election canvass, which allows time and opportunity for the voter and County Auditor to collect and present information relative to the voter's eligibility.
What kind of voting system will I see?
Voters in each precinct will cast votes on paper ballots that will be counted by ballot scanners. Absentee ballots will be counted by a high speed ballot scanner.
When are absentee ballots counted?
In Cerro Gordo County, the absentee board will meet on Election Day to count the absentee ballots. They may also meet the day before to review absentee voters' affidavits.
When are election results released?
Election results from absentee ballots will be released shortly after the polls close on Election Day. Results from the polling places will be accumulated as precincts report on Election night.
Who determines whether a voter's provisional ballot is valid?
Provisional ballots will be reviewed and determined by the Absentee and Special Voters Precinct Board (ASVP Board) within a week of Election Day. The ASVP Board is composed of precinct officials appointed by the Democratic and Republic Parties, and by the County Auditor.
Who is on the ASVP Board?
The Absentee & Special Voter Precinct (ASVP) Board is composed of precinct officials appointed by the Democratic and Republican Parties and by the County Auditor.
Why are the official results different from the results posted on election night?
Election night results are unofficial. They do not include valid provisional ballots and valid absentee ballots received after Election Day. Official election results will be certified at the election canvass.