Any registered voter in Iowa may request to vote their ballot absentee. Absentee is the term used to describe any ballot that is not voted at the polls on Election Day. There are several ways to vote absentee:
Absentee ballots returned by mail to the Auditor’s office must be postmarked on or before the Monday immediately preceding the Election to be counted.
Instructions on how to vote your absentee ballot will be included with your ballot but are also available here.
Beginning in 2018 you are now required to include an ID number on your absentee ballot request form. An absentee ballot cannot be given to a voter until an ID number is provided. Voters with either a Driver’s License or Non-Operator’s ID should provide that number. Voters with the Voter ID card that was mailed to them by either the Auditor’s Office or the Secretary of State should provide the PIN number listed on the card. This provision does not apply to military and overseas voters.
If you have requested an absentee ballot from the Auditor’s Office follow this link to track your ballot to make sure it gets returned to the Auditor’s office to be counted.
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) makes absentee voting available to military personnel, eligible family members of military personnel, and any United States citizen residing outside of the country. These voters are eligible to vote in Pottawattamie if they currently have a permanent address in Pottawattamie County or if the last address they had in the United States was in Pottawattamie County.
UOCAVA voters should complete a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to receive an absentee ballot. The completed FPCA form should be emailed to Pottawattamie County Elections or mailed into the Auditor’s office. The FPCA serves as both a voter registration form and an absentee ballot request form.
Students from Pottawattamie County have several options when it comes to voting:
Under Iowa law the county auditor must send a bipartisan team of election officials to hand deliver ballots to residents of health care facilities, assist in the voting of the residents, and return the ballots safely to the Auditor’s office where they are securely stored until they are counted. Voting at health care facilities is often coordinated through the activities department at each facility so please check with the staff to obtain a ballot request form to be brought a ballot.
Voters who are admitted to a hospital or health care facility in the three days immediately prior to an election may request an absentee ballot and it will be hand delivered to them to vote and then returned to the Auditor’s office. Please contact the Auditor’s office immediatley if you are hospitalized and would like to vote.