Persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot have two options:
Requests for an absentee ballot should be made no earlier than 70 days prior to an election. Routinely, the Auditor's Office issues a press release to announce when absentee ballots are available and ready for voting.
Persons requiring their ballot be mailed to an address other than their registered address may include college students, snow birds, and persons residing overseas.
It is possible to fax your official Absentee Ballot Request form for an absentee ballot.
However, the voter must separately mail the ORIGINAL REQUEST document to the Auditor's Office which must be received before election day in order for the issued ballot to be counted. Voted ballots will not be opened unless the original request has been received.
The last day to vote by absentee ballot is always the day before the election during regular Election Office hours which are 8AM to 4:30PM.
Absentee ballots returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day before the election and received before the canvass. Voters may return absentee ballots personally to the Auditor's Office on election day prior to the closing of the polls.
Polls close at 9PM for Primary and General elections, and 8PM for Municipal and School elections. Absentee ballots may not be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter will be allowed to vote at their polling location. Questions may be directed to the Auditor's Office.
You may track your absentee ballot to ensure that it has been mailed to you and that it gets returned to the Auditor's Office.
The Code of Iowa provides for persons who have become hospitalized within 3 days of an election; Saturday, Sunday or Monday (or election day). To make a request call the Auditor's Office no later than 4 hours before the polls close. The issued ballot will be personally delivered to that voter at the hospital by 2 election officials who will assist the voter in voting (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Auditor's Office to be counted on election day.
Students from Mahaska County have several options when it comes to voting:
Under Iowa law, the County Auditor must send a bipartisan team of election officials to hand-deliver ballots to residents of health care facilities, assist in the voting of the residents, and return the ballots safely to the Auditor’s Office where they are securely stored until they are counted. Voting at health care facilities is often coordinated through the activities department at each facility so please check with the staff to obtain a ballot request form to be brought a ballot.