City elections will be held on November 3, 2015. Here’s some of the vital information for the elections held in Black Hawk County:
Polls will be open from 7 AM until 8 PM on Election Day, November 3 in the cities of Cedar Falls, Dunkerton, Elk Run Heights, Evansdale, Gilbertville, Hudson, La Porte City, Raymond and Waterloo.
Absentee ballots are now available at the Election Office, Room 210 of the Courthouse at 316 E. 5th St., Waterloo, IA 50703. Ballots may be voted there 8 AM-4:30 PM, Monday-Friday, through Monday, November 2. To vote by mail, send an absentee ballot request form (found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us) to the Election Office at the above address and a ballot will be mailed to you. Absentee ballot request forms must be received in the Election Office by the deadline of 5 PM, Friday, October 30, or no ballot will be mailed.
Pre-paid return postage is provided for all ballots returned by mail to the Election Office. A mailed ballot received after November 3 must be postmarked on or before November 2, 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 Election Office by the deadlines of noon on Thursday, November 5 for cities with possible runoff elections (Waterloo and Cedar Falls), or noon on Monday, November 9 for all other cities in Black Hawk County, or they will not be counted.
Persons who are admitted to hospitals and Health Care Facilities (HCF) within three days of the election (Saturday October 31 through Election Day, November 3) may make a request by telephone to the Election Office (319-833-3007) 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 8 PM close of the polls. These ballots will be personally delivered to the voter at the hospital or 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 the polling place. Hand-delivered ballots need to be taken to the Election Office by 8 PM on Election Day, Nov. 3. Persons who did not receive or have lost their absentee ballots will be provided the option of voting provisional ballots at the polls.
The last day to pre-register at the Election Office for this election is Friday, Oct. 23 before 5 PM. Any new or moved voter who registers before the deadline will not be required to show proof of residence and identity at the polls. Following the deadline and on Election Day, new and moved voters will be processed using the requirements of Election Day Registration and must provide proof of residence and identity. Voter registration forms may be found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us Regular Election Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8 AM-4:30 PM.
A person who is eligible to register to vote may do so on Election Day at the polling place for the precinct in which the person lives. The person must complete a voter registration form, sign an 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 shows the person’s address on Election Day. Other acceptable forms of identity may be found at www.sos.state.ia.us or www.co.black-hawk.ia.us.
If you are unsure where you are supposed to vote, go to the Elections Page of the county website at www.co.black-hawk.ia.us, or use the Iowa Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.state.ia.us, where users may select “Find Your Precinct/Polling Place” and/or “Am I Registered to Vote?”
For questions, contact the Election Office at 319-833-3007 or elections@co.black-hawk.ia.us The Elections office is located in Room 210 of the Black Hawk County Courthouse, 316 E. 5th St, Waterloo, 50703.