Absentee Voting is Open NOW!
I voted today! I have to admit that I wasn’t really sure where to go or what to do and so I likely would have waited until November 3rd, but at my husband’s insistence, we used our lunch break today and got it done. So, if you’re in the same boat and you want to vote early but you’re not quite sure where or how, here’s the skinny…
Absentee Vote in Person
In-person absentee voting is available at the Madison County Courthouse (NOT the annex) Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm through October 29th. Also, Saturday, October 24th 8:00 – 5:00, Friday, October 30th, 8:00 – 5:00, Saturday, October 31st, 8:00 – 5:00 and Monday, November 2nd, 8:00 – 5:00.
Enter through the South, East or West doors and you’ll immediately see where to go! (The elections office is on the North side of the courthouse.)
If you’re NOT already registered to vote, complete the form on the left, if you ARE already registered complete the request for an absentee ballot on the right. (Remember to keep your pen instead of returning it!)
Proceed by following the blue floor markings as a guideline, and the friendly staff at the Elections Office will take you through the next step. (You’ll need your Driver’s License.)
Once you have your ballot, you can complete it in one of the booths set up in the hallway, and return it back to the office when you’re finished. Remember to get your ‘I Voted’ sticker!
That’s it—easy peasy, secure and confidential! When you’re finished, you can even snap a selfie with Carrie Chapman Catt!
Unfortunately, our courthouse is not known for its handicap accessibility, BUT, if accessing the courthouse is difficult for you, don’t lose heart! Curbside voting is available by parking on the east side of the building and calling the Auditor’s office – 515-462-3914. Someone will come out to you and help you through the entire process.
Absentee Voting by Mail
If you’d rather vote from the comfort of your own home, you’ll want to request an absentee ballot. Requests for absentee ballots must be received in the Auditor’s office by 5:00pm on Saturday, October 24, 2020.
Once you’ve completed your ballot (read the directions carefully!), you can return it by mail or in person. If returning by mail, it must be postmarked no later than Monday, November 2nd, and received in the Auditor’s office by 12:00pm on Monday, November 9, 2020. Ballots being returned in-person must be received in the Auditor’s Office by the time the polls close at 9:00pm on Election Day, November 3rd.
Polling Locations on November 3rd
Of course, as easy as it is to vote early, there’s something kind of special about attending a polling location on Election Day, so if that’s your jam, you’ll need to figure out your polling location. HERE’S A LINK TO A DIRECTORY OF ALL MADISON COUNTY POLLING LOCATIONS.
However you choose to do your voting this year, I hope that you’ll take the time to make your voice heard!
Happy Voting! Be Well and Thank you for Reading!
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