You can return your ballot by mail (postage is paid) or in person. Official instructions are included with your ballot.
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To request an absentee ballot, print out the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, fill it out and mail it or hand-deliver it to the Auditor’s Office.
Story County Auditor’s Office 900 6th St. Nevada, IA 50201
Upon receiving the request and when absentee balloting begins, an absentee ballot and voting instructions will be mailed to you. If you do not having printer capability or access to the internet, you may call the Auditor’s Office to have a request form mailed to you. (515) 382-7210.
In lieu of the Iowa Absentee Ballot Request Form, you may submit a written request for an absentee ballot on a piece of paper no smaller than 3x5 inches.
The request must contain the following required information:
Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in any election. There are two ways to vote early:
In Person: Once absentee voting begins (currently 20 days prior to any election), you may vote in the Auditor’s Office during business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Additional in-person voting opportunities are available on the Saturday preceding a Primary Election and the Saturday preceding a General Election. Additional opportunities for in-person absentee voting may be provided at satellite stations. Satellite voting is called by petition of citizens. The deadline to vote absentee in person at the Auditor's Office is 4:30 p.m. the Monday before an election.
By Mail: To vote by mail, send a signed request form or a written request for an absentee ballot with all the required information to the Auditor’s Office.
You can request an absentee ballot for an election no more than 120 70 days before the date of the election. Ballots will not be mailed until the 29th 20th day before the election. The deadline to request that a ballot for any election be mailed to you is 5:00 p.m. on the 11th 15th day before an election (three Mondays before). You may still vote by absentee in-person at the Auditor’s Office until 4:30 p.m. on the Monday before an election. If you are voting by mail, your ballot must be returned to the Auditor’s Office by the close of polls on Election Day (8 pm for all elections).
For domestic voters, ballots are sent out 29 20 days before the election. On the 29th 20th day before an election, absentee ballots are sent to everyone who has requested a ballot up to that point. Requests that are received after ballots are available and prior to the deadline to request a mailed ballot (15 days prior to election) are processed and sent out within the next business day.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) makes it easier for military personnel and overseas citizens to participate in elections. The voter completes a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) form to receive ballots. The FPCA serves as both a voter registration application and an absentee ballot request application. The voter will be mailed absentee ballots for all federal elections during a calendar year, unless the voter states s/he wants ballots for a specified time frame or only for a particular election. If the voter's address changes during the calendar year, the voter needs to complete and submit a new FPCA form. UOCAVA ballots must be ready 45 days before federal elections.
In Iowa, students have the option to vote either at home or in their college town. For more information about student options, go to the Secretary of State's College Voter Information page.
If you are currently a registered voter and you moved within Story County, fill out the absentee request form with your new address. This allows us to update your voter registration with your new address. If you are a new registrant in Story County, complete both a voter registration form and an absentee ballot request and submit them to the Auditor's Office.
Yes, however, in order for your vote to be counted, you must send us the original signed request. You may fax or email a scanned copy of a completed request form. Fax to (515) 382-7221 or email email@example.com. Requests must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the 15th day before an election. The original request document must be postmarked by the request deadline (15 days prior to election) and must be received in the Auditor's Office by the close of polls on Election Day (8 pm). [IA 721 - 21.2(2)]
You may designate someone to return your ballot under the following circumstances:
The designee is a member of your household
The designee is an immediate family member
You are disabled and you have designated someone to return your ballot
Directions and rules for designating someone to return your ballot are included in the official instructions included with your mailed ballot.
Absentee ballots must be received in the Auditor's Office no later than the close of polls (8:00 p.m. for all elections) on Election Day. Your voted absentee ballot must be returned to the Auditor's Office (not your polling place). If you return your voted ballot by mail, your ballot must be received by the close of polls on Election Day.
You may mail or return in person your absentee ballot to the Auditor's Office with the words "DO NOT WANT--WILL VOTE AT THE POLLS" on the outside envelope. This allows the Auditor's Office to void your absentee ballot request. Or you may surrender your absentee ballot to the precinct officials at your regular polling place. You will then be allowed to vote in the normal manner. If you have been issued an absentee ballot and do not bring it with you when you go to the polls, you will have to vote a provisional ballot.
All absentee ballots remain sealed in their affidavit envelopes until Election Day [NOTE: the Special Board may convene and begin opening envelopes on the Monday before election day if the volume of absentee voting warrants it]. On Election Day, the bipartisan Special Board removes the ballots from the affidavit envelopes and feeds them into a ballot scanner. The results are not tabulated until the polls are closed. For any provisional ballots accepted for counting, members of the Special Board reconvene to examine and count them prior to the canvass of votes.