Absentee Voting

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News Release

ABSENTEE BALLOTS are now available in Black Hawk County for the General Election to be held November 6, 2012.

Absentee ballots may be cast in the Black Hawk County Election Office, Room 210 of the Courthouse, 316 E. 5th St., Waterloo, during office hours from 8:00 am through 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, until November 5. Saturday hours: The Election Office will also be open for voter registration and absentee voting from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on October 27 and from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm on November 3.

To receive an absentee ballot by mail, voters are required to submit an absentee ballot request. Forms are available at the Election Department or may be downloaded from the following websites: www.sos.state.ia.us and www.co.black-hawk.ia.us. The last day absentee ballots will be mailed to voters is Friday, November 2. Voting in person at the courthouse will end on Monday, November 5.

A person who is admitted to a Health Care Facility within three days of an election (Saturday through Election Day) may request a ballot by telephone (833-3007). On Election Day the telephone request must be made before 5:00 pm. The ballot will be personally delivered to the voter by two election officials who will assist the voter (if requested) and return the sealed, voted ballot to the Election Office.

It is possible to fax your request for an absentee ballot however, the voter must submit the original request form to the Election Office, postmarked no later than Friday, November 2 and the request document must be received by election day, November 6 in order for the ballot to be counted. The Election Office fax number is (319) 833-3119.

Absentee ballots returned by mail must be properly postmarked by November 5, the day before the election and received by noon on Tuesday, November 13. Return postage is provided. Ballots returned in person must be delivered election day to the Election Office before 9:00 o’clock p.m.

Absentee ballots MAY NOT be turned in at a polling place except to be surrendered and voided, in which case the voter would vote on the machine.

The polls will open at 7:00 am and close at 9:00 pm on November 6, 2012.

VOTER REGISTRATION DEADLINES For this election the worry-free postmark for mail-in registrations is Monday, October 22. The last day to pre-register at the Election Office for voting in the General Election is Saturday, October 27. Voters who register before the deadline, will not be required to show proof of residence and identity. Following the pre-registration deadline and up to Election Day, new voters will be processed following the requirements of Election Day Registration and will have to show proof of residence and identity. (Regular Election Office hours are M-F, 8-4:30 pm).

ELECTION DAY REGISTRATION A person who is eligible to register to vote and to vote may register on Election Day by appearing in person at the polling place for the precinct in which the individual resides. The voter must complete a voter registration application, make written oath and provide acceptable proof of both identity and residence.

Acceptable documents which can be used as proof of identity and proof of residence are very specific and substitutes will not be accepted. Iowa Law allows a voter to register and to vote on Election Day at the polling place for their precinct. The most common example of an acceptable form of identity and residence is an Iowa driver’s license with the voter’s address on Election Day and is not expired. Contact the Election Office for more details or questions at 833-3007. Our address is 316 E 5th St, Courthouse – Room 210, Waterloo, 50703

If you are unsure where you must vote November 6, 2012, the following options are available:

.........Use the county’s website located at www.co.black-hawk.ia.us . Select from the homepage links: “Election Precincts” to either select your precinct if known from the pull down menu or enter your address to find your polling place location and view your precinct ballot.

.........Use the Secretary of State’s website located at: www.sos.state.ia.us. Select from the homepage links: “Find my polling place”.