Absentee ballots are nvailable for local School Board and Community College Elections which will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2013.

Absentee ballots can be cast at the Election Office prior to election day. To receive an absentee ballot by mail, voters may submit an Official Absentee Ballot Request Form which can be found at: www.sos.iowa.gov and www.co.black-hawk.ia.us or contact the Election Office.  School ballots can also be previewed using the Black Hawk County website.

A hand-written request can be accepted if it includes the following required information:  full name, complete address, date of birth, date or name of election and the voter’s signature. The deadline for voters to submit a request to receive an absentee ballot by mail is Friday, September 6, at 5 PM.

It is possible to fax your Absentee Ballot Request form; however, the original document must be delivered in person or mailed separately from the voted ballot with a postmark on or before Friday, Sept. 6, and be received at the courthouse before the polls close on election day. The Election Office fax number is (319) 833-3119.

Pre-paid postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the Election Office. A mailed ballot must be postmarked on or before the postmark deadline of September 9, 2013 or it cannot be counted. Postmarks are not guaranteed, so mail your absentee ballot early enough so that it arrives before election day. Even if the ballot is postmarked on time, mailed ballots must also be received in the county auditor’s office by the canvass deadline: Friday, September 13, 2013.  Ballots received after the receipt deadline cannot be counted.

The Code of Iowa provides that persons who have become admitted to a Health Care Facility (HCF) within three days of an election; Saturday, Sunday, Monday (and Election Day) may make a request by telephone to the Election Office and an absentee ballot will be issued and delivered to them. On Election Day the telephone request must be made at least four hours prior to the close of polls. These ballots will be personally delivered to the voter at the HCF by two election officials who will assist the voter in voting (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Election Office to be counted on Election Day.

Absentee ballots MAY NOT be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would vote in person at their precinct. Persons who did not receive or have lost their absentee ballot will be provided the option of voting a provisional ballot.

A person, who is eligible to register for voting and to vote, may do so on Election Day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which the individual resides.  The voter must complete a voter registration application, make written oath and provide acceptable proof of both identity and residence.  The most common example of an acceptable form of identity and residence is an Iowa driver’s license that is not expired and represents the voter’s address in the precinct on Election Day.