MAHASKA COUNTY — Mahaska County Auditor Susan Brown addresses last-minute concerns for absentee voters and concerns for voters who go to the polls on election day. A temporary change in voting location for voters in the North Mahaska School District is also announced.
Voters taking part in the North Mahaska School District special election on Sept. 10, 2019 should go to North Mahaska School District Elementary School to vote in the school cafeteria, located at 2163 135th Street, New Sharon. Signs will be posted at both sites for direction.
Last-minute concerns for absentee voters
•My absentee ballot has finally arrived in the mail. But I’m afraid my ballot won’t be received in the election office in time to be counted!
You have several options:
Mail your ballot. Must be postmarked no later than Monday, September 9th.
Mailed absentee ballots must arrive in the election Office by Noon on Monday, September 16th to be considered.
Personally deliver your absentee ballot to the county election office. You can take your voted absentee ballot to the election office before 8:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 10th. Voted ballots MUST be delivered to the auditor’s office, either by mail or in person. Voted ballots CAN NOT be delivered to your precinct, the ballot will not arrive to the Auditor’s Office by the 8:00 P.M. deadline.
Vote at the polls. You can take your unvoted absentee ballot with you to the polls and surrender it to the election officials, allowing you to vote in the normal manner. If you forget your ballot or cannot find it, you will be asked to vote a “provisional” ballot, which means that your ballot will be put into an envelope. On Thursday, September 12th, the Special Precinct Board will consider provisional ballots.
• I voted early by absentee ballot, but have changed my mind. Can I get my ballot back?
Last-minute concerns of people who go to the polls on Election Day
• How can you be ready on Election Day? Check your voter registration at https://tinyurl.com/IASOSVOTE. Have an Iowa Driver’s License or non-operator ID? Go online to register or update your voter registration at: https://tinyurl.com/iadotreg2vote. All voters are required to show their ID before voting.
• What if I go to the polls and they tell me I can’t vote because I requested an absentee ballot?
You can surrender your unvoted absentee ballot to the election officials at your precinct. If you requested an absentee ballot by mail and did not receive it, you will be asked to sign a form saying that you did not receive an absentee ballot. You can then vote a provisional ballot, which will be put into an envelope. On Thursday, September 12th, the Special Precinct Board will consider provisional ballots.
• What do I do if I have moved since the last time I voted?
Take a current picture identification with your current address with you. You will be asked to complete a voter registration form with your new address, and you can vote in the usual manner. If your ID is not current, call the Auditor’s office (641)673-7148 for additional instructions.
• What if I go to the polls and they tell me I am not registered to vote?
You can register to vote at the polls on Election Day. You will be required to show proof of residency and proof of identity. The best form of ID is a valid Iowa driver’s license with your current address. If your Iowa driver’s license has an old address on it, please contact the Auditor’s office (641) 673-7148 for additional requirements.
• Can another voter attest for me if I do not have proof of residence or identity?
If you do not have proof of residence and identity, a registered voter in your precinct may attest to your identity and residence as long as the attester has not attested for anyone else and was not attested for in this election. The attested must show a current photo ID.
• If you have a registered voter in the precinct attest to your residence and identity, you will both be required to sign an oath. Falsely attesting or being attested for is a class “D” felony.
If you do not have proof of residence or identity and do not have anyone who can attest to your residence and identity, you will be allowed to vote a provisional ballot. You will have until Noon, Thursday, September 12th, to present the proper ID information in the Auditor’s Office. The special precinct board will meet Thursday, September 12th, to consider provisional ballots.