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 returnedby 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.
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, eligable family members of military personnel, and any United States citizen residing outside of the country. These voters are eligable 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 recieve 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 pleae check with the staff to obtain a ballot request form to be brought a ballot.
Voters who are admitted to a hospital or healthcare 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 and would like to vote.