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Posted on: October 19, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Deadline Passes for Requesting Absentee Mail Ballot for Nov. 2 City / School Election

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The deadline for requesting a mail-in absentee ballot has passed. All absentee ballot request forms received after 5 p.m. October 18 will receive a reply from the Elections office indicating the request cannot be processed due to changes enacted in Iowa law this year. In 2016, the deadline for the Auditor’s Office to respond to an absentee ballot request form was 5 p.m. on the Friday prior to an election.

Voters who submitted a valid absentee ballot request by the 5 p.m. October 18 deadline will receive an absentee ballot by mail. Voted absentee ballots must be received in the Elections office no later than 8 p.m. November 2. Absentee ballots received after 8 p.m. November 2 will NOT be counted per the changes in Iowa law this year. Please note this is not a postmark date. All absentee ballots voted by mail must be received by the Elections office by the 8 p.m. November 2 deadline. An absentee ballot drop box is available outside the Linn County Public Service Center located at 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids and will be monitored until 8 p.m. November 2. Exceptions to the law still exist for overseas and military voters. (In 2020, absentee ballots postmarked no later than one day before the election could be counted if received prior to the official canvass of votes one week later; this is no longer the case.)  

Remaining ways to cast your vote:


In-person voting is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 1 at the Elections Office located in the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids.

Satellite Voting

Three satellite voting locations will be available to all voters of Linn County:

  • Lindale Mall (adjacent to the Children’s Play Area at the east end of the mall) until Oct. 31, Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sundays noon to 4 p.m.
  • Wellington Heights Church at 1600 4th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Oct. 23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • IBEW Local 405 at 1211 Wiley Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids on Sunday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Election Day Voting

Find your Election Day polling location.


For questions regarding this election, visit the Elections Office website, call the Linn County Election Services Office at 319-892-5300, ext. 1 or email Elections staff

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