A written application for a mailed absentee ballot must be received by the registered voter's County Auditor no later than 5:00 p.m. 15 days before the election.
Your ballot will be mailed to you no earlier than 20 days before the election.
Absentee voting or satellite voting, is available to every registered voter in Scott County. All absentee ballots must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 8:00 p.m. on Election Day in order to be counted. (Except Safe at Home and uniformed and overseas citizens)
There are several ways to vote absentee:
On Election Day itself, you may only vote at your assigned polling place – you can no longer vote at the Auditor’s Office or the satellite locations.
Mark your ballot, and then follow the instructions included with your ballot to return it in the postage-paid return envelope. It is vital that you utilize the return envelope supplied by the Auditor's Office.
Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day.
As a Scott County college student, you may choose to register to vote at your home address or at your college address. You cannot register to vote at both.
In Scott County, students may vote in-person on Election Day, vote absentee by mail, or vote in-person at the Auditor’s Office.
Students choosing to vote at their current college address should reach out to that Auditor’s Office for more information.
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.
If you were admitted to a hospital in the last 14 days leading up to an election, you may contact the Auditor’s Office directly to request an absentee ballot up until 4:00 p.m. on Election Day.
A voter who has requested an absentee ballot may obtain a replacement ballot if they declare that the original ballot was lost or did not arrive. The commissioner will provide a duplicate ballot to a voter who requests one in writing or orally. Contact the Auditor’s Office for more information.
See the date your absentee ballot request is processed, sent and returned. Information updated daily. Please contact us if you have any questions.