Absentee ballots are now available in Black Hawk County for the school election which will be held on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. All polling place locations will open at 7 AM and close at 8 PM with the exception of the Hudson polling location, which will be open from Noon to 8 PM.
The courthouse will be open for early voting starting Monday, August 21 through Monday, September 11 for all precincts and through Tuesday, September 12th, 11 AM for residents in the Hudson School District ONLY. The elections office is located on the 2nd floor and regular courthouse hours are 8 AM-4:30 PM. The courthouse will be closed Monday, September 4th for Labor 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 from the Election Office. 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 submitting a request form to have an absentee ballot mailed to a voter is Friday, September 8, 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 with a postmark on or before Friday, September 8. The Election Office fax number is (319) 833-3119.
Pre-paid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the Election Office. A mailed ballot must be postmarked on or before September 11, 2017 or it will not be counted. Postmarks are not always affixed by the Post Office, so mail your absentee ballot early enough so that it arrives by Election Day. Even if the ballot is postmarked on time, mailed ballots must also be received in the county auditor’s office by the receipt deadline of 9 AM, September 15. Ballots received after the receipt deadline cannot be counted.
The Code of Iowa provides that persons who are 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 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.