Absentee voting is available in the Auditor’s Office or by mail 29 days before each Election.
You can vote absentee in the Auditor's Office in the Courthouse Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and also at the extended hours listed below:
11 days before election: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
10 days before election: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for some elections
Until 5:00 PM on the Monday before Election Day.
The day of an election: 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. if polls don't open until noon.
Absentee Voting by Mail
Registered voters may request an absentee ballot to be sent to them by mail. You must complete an absentee ballot request form (Click HERE for the form) and return the original, signed form to your county auditor. The request form does not need to be witnessed or notarized.
An absentee ballot request form (Click HERE for the form) must be received in the auditor’s office by 5 p.m. 11 days before the election for an absentee ballot to be mailed.
For more information on absentee voting visit: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/absenteeinfo.html
Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA)
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) is a federal law that makes it easier for members of the armed forces and certain overseas U.S. citizens to register to vote and cast absentee ballots.
UOCAVA voters include:
- Members of the armed forces on active duty and their spouses and dependents
- Members of the merchant marine and their spouses and dependents
- Civilian employees of the U.S. serving outside the territorial limits of the U.S. and their spouses and dependents who live with them
- Members of religious or welfare agencies assisting members of the armed forces who are officially attached to and serving with the armed forces and their spouses and dependents
- U.S. citizens who live outside the territorial limits of the U.S.*
*Citizens may register and vote in Iowa if either they or their parents were eligible electors of Iowa just before leaving the U.S. This includes citizens who were not old enough to register to vote at the time they left the country.
Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
FVAP stands for the Federal Voting Assistance Program. It is a division of the U.S. Department of Defense that provides voting information and assistance to members of the military and overseas citizens. It also administers UOCAVA.
UOCAVA voters can find copies of the federal postcard application (FPCA), federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB), and information for voter registration and absentee voting specific to Iowa on FVAP’s website: www.fvap.gov.