How to Get an Absentee Ballot
Eligible and registered voters wishing to cast absentee ballots may vote in person at the Auditor’s Election Department located at the old Fire Station at 107 S. 1st Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158 or may make written requests for absentee ballots to be mailed to them.
Voting by Absentee Ballot in Auditor’s Election Department
A registered voter may cast an absentee ballot in the old Fire Station at 107 S. 1st Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158. beginning Monday, May 4th during regular business hours prior to Election Day.
Due to COVID-19 per Secretary of State the first date we will begin mailing Ballots will now be starting Thursday, April 23rd thru Friday, May 22nd.
Voters requesting absentee ballots by mail may submit a request beginning February 3rd and must do so by 5 p.m. Friday, May 22nd. Requests arriving by mail after 5 p.m. on Friday May 22nd cannot be honored.
When Voting Absentee Ballot by Mail
Written requests for absentee ballots can be made by using:
The official form - download it here: Absentee Ballot Request Form
In lieu of the official form, absentee ballot requests must be on paper no smaller than 3x5 inches and include the following information:
- The name of the voter,
- Iowa Driver’s License number or 4 digit PIN.
- The voter's address,
- The address to which the ballot should be sent (if different from the voter's address),
- The voter's date of birth,
- The date and/or name of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot, and
- Which political party the voter wishes to receive a ballot for. (required in Primary)
- The voter's signature.
Mail Absentee Ballot Requests to:
Marshall County Auditor
1 E. Main St.
Marshalltown, IA 50158
No one can request a ballot for another person.
Ways to Return Voted Absentee Ballots
Personal delivery Auditor’s Office is located at the old Fire Station @ 107 S. 1st Ave, Marshalltown, IA 50158
The voter may personally deliver a voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office or may designate any other person to do so. If the voter chooses to designate another person to deliver the voted absentee ballot, the voter may require the other person to fill out a receipt and give it to the voter, which the voter should keep. Iowa law requires the other person to deliver the voted absentee ballot to the county auditor's office by the time the polls close on election night or no later than 72 hours after picking up the ballot from the voter, whichever occurs first.
A voted absentee ballot may be delivered in-person to the county auditor's office during regular business hours. The county auditor’s office will also be open on Saturday, May 30th for absentee voting. The county auditor's office will be closed on Monday, May 25th, 2020 in observance of Memorial Day.
In order to be considered on time and counted for the June 2, 2020 Primary Election, a voted absentee ballot that is personally delivered must be physically received in the county auditor's office by the time the polls close at 9:00 p.m. on election night.
A voted absentee ballot cannot be delivered to a polling place on Election Day; it will not be counted. However, a voter may surrender an absentee ballot to the precinct election officials at the polling site on Election Day, and the voter will be allowed to vote at the polls.