Vote By Mail

Vote By Mail

Due to increasing concerns surrounding the current spread of COVID-19, absentee ballots and early voting will play more integral roles in Iowa’s November 3rd general elections than ever before. Included below is information on how to request, complete and return an absentee ballot to ensure that your voice is heard.

Who can Request an Absentee Ballot:

  • Registered voters
  • Individuals who will be 18 years of age on or by the date of the general election on November 3rd

NOTE: If you wish to request an absentee ballot but are not currently registered to vote, you can register here

How to Request an Absentee Ballot:

  1. Complete an absentee request form. The Iowa Secretary of State’s office will be mailing out absentee ballot request forms to all registered voters in April OR you can find and print out an online absentee ballot request form here
  2. Mail the completed form with your signature to your county auditor’s office. You can find the mailing address of your county auditor here

NOTE: All request forms must be submitted to your county auditor by 5 PM on October 24th in order to receive an absentee ballot to vote in the November 3rd general election

What to do Once You Receive the Ballot:

  • Your county auditor will mail you an absentee ballot in a timely manner, with instructions on how to properly fill it out and return it
  • As you complete your absentee ballot, be sure to fill in the bubble next to Mariannette Miller-Meeks

How to Return the Ballot:

  • Return your completed absentee ballot by mail to your county auditor

NOTE: It’s best to return your completed ballot earlier rather than later. You will be able to cast mailed ballots beginning on October 5th. In order for your ballot to be counted in the general election it must be postmarked November 2nd or earlier AND received in your county auditor’s office by 12 PM on November 9th.