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Primary Election News: Absentee Voting By Mail Stats & How to Vote Absentee In-Person
Posted on Friday May 22, 2020
Voters now have only In-Person options for voting - absentee or at the polling place.

As of the morning of May 22, the number of absentee ballots requests received by the Decatur County Auditor’s Office stands at 1,061, and the number of voted absentee ballots that have been returned stands at 648, which is approximately 61%.  A voter may still return his/her ballot to the Auditor’s Office by mail, but the affidavit envelope MUST be signed and postmarked by June 1.  If a voter has not returned his/her ballot by election day, the voter has the following options:

  1. Deliver the absentee ballot to the Auditor’s Office by 9:00 p.m. on election day
  2. Surrender the absentee ballot at the polls and vote a regular ballot, or
  3. Vote a provisional ballot at the polls if you cannot surrender your absentee ballot

In-person absentee voting continues during regular business hours (8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and on Saturday, May 30 (8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.), through 5:00 p.m., Monday, June 1.  Voters who opt to cast an absentee ballot in-person will be able to do so, by appointment, at the former dispatch window on the first floor of the courthouse.  Voters will need to call 641/446-4323 and are encouraged to complete the absentee ballot request form ahead of time, a supply of which are located just inside the north entrance of the courthouse, as well as from any of the following sources:

  • 1.)  The absentee ballot request form mailed directly to each registered voter from the Iowa Secretary of State
  • 2.)  Print one from the Decatur County website ( or the Secretary of State website (

A voting booth will be available for the voter to mark his/her ballot; or the voter may opt to use the ADA compliant ballot marking device.  Voters CANNOT take the ballot home. 

If you have other questions or need any additional information about this election, please call the Auditor’s Office at 641/446-4323, e-mail [email protected], or visit


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