Can I pick up my absentee ballot at the County Auditor's office?
No. Iowa law prohibits a voter from removing a ballot from a polling place or the County Auditor's office. If you are not ready to vote in person at the County Auditor's office, you may sign an Absentee Ballot Request for a ballot to be mailed to you.
How can I get an absentee ballot for my son or daughter serving in the military?
Iowa law authorizes additional voter registration and absentee voting rights for Iowans actively serving in the military or living outside the United States.
How can I get an absentee ballot for my son or daughter who is in college?
A college student may register at the student's "permanent" home address or at the college residence, but not both. Your son or daughter must complete and sign an Absentee Ballot Request and deliver/mail it to the appropriate County Auditor.
How can I get an absentee ballot for this election?
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
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 should I mark the ballot?
Fill in the voting target next to your choice, using a black pen.
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.
I just want to vote for one office. Do I have to vote everything on the ballot?
No. It is your choice to vote all or any part of the ballot. It is your responsibility to review the entire ballot for offices and questions you wish to vote.
Is it true that absentee ballots are only counted if it's a close race?
No. Iowa law requires absentee ballots be counted in every election.
This is my first time voting. What do I need to do?