Vote Before Election Day

You can vote an absentee ballot either in-person or through the mail. Voters away at college, in a health care facility or hospital, in the military or living overseas can use the links below for special instructions about voting from their location.

Voting early in our office or at a satellite location is the same as absentee voting in the State of Iowa. When voting early, the voted ballot is not immediately tabulated. Instead, the ballot is locked in the ballot room until election day.

Absentee Ballot Deadline

Voted absentee ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on Election Day to count in the election. 

How Absentee Ballots Are Counted?

Absentee ballots are counted on Election Day and absentee results are typically the first to be released.

Precinct Election Officials will be assigned to the absentee and special voters precinct for the duty of counting absentee ballots.

Observers representing political parties, non-political party organizations, and representatives for or against a public measure may be present. Email Election Services by calling 319-892-5300, ext. 1 if you wish to be an observer.