Voters must submit an absentee ballot request form if voting before Election Day. The Official Absentee Ballot Request form prescribed by the Iowa Secretary of State’s office is preferred to request an absentee ballot.
Click on link for an Absentee Ballot Application in PDF format.
Each request form must include: the registered voter's name, signature, date of birth, the address at which the voter is registered to vote and the name or date of the election for which the absentee ballot is requested. These items are marked with an asterisk (*) on the Absentee Ballot Request form. Other items on the form assist the auditor in processing your absentee ballot request.
Submit your request for an absentee ballot as soon as you know that you will be unable to vote at the polls. Your County Auditor must receive the completed request to mail no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday before the election or you may vote in person at the Election Office until the close of business on the Monday before the election.
Only one person may request a ballot on a request form. Two or more people cannot share a request form.
You must use a separate request form for each election for which you are requesting a ballot.
Ballots for primary and general elections will be available at least 40 days before the election. If the Auditor receives your request more than 40 days before the election they will file the request in their office and mail you a ballot when the ballots are available.
The auditor will mail you a ballot within 24 hours of receiving your request form OR within 24 hours of when the ballots are available.
Additional instructions for persons soliciting absentee ballot request forms on behalf of a political party, candidate or committee as defined by IA Code Chapter 68A.
When you solicit and return to the auditor an absentee ballot request you must issue the applicant a receipt for the completed request form. You are encouraged to use the Receipt included on the bottom of Absentee Ballot Request document but it is not required. The suggested receipt includes all of the information required by Iowa law.
The auditor must receive the absentee ballot request form that includes the applicant’s original signature.
Absentee ballot request forms cannot include instructions to send the ballot to anyone other than the voter.
Absentee ballot request forms cannot be preaddressed to be sent to anyone other than the voter’s local county auditor.
The Official Absentee Ballot Request form may be reproduced. It may be enlarged or reduced, however it cannot be reduced to a size smaller than 4 inches by 6 inches.
If you have questions regarding the information provided on this document, please call the Iowa Secretary of State’s office at 1-888-SOS-Vote (1-888-767-8683) or your County Auditor.