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  • Print the absentee request form.
  • Fill out all highlighted information, sign, and date.
  • Place in an envelope and mail to:

Doreen Pliner, Auditor
Attn: Absentee Request Form
701 Central Ave - Courthouse
Fort Dodge, IA  50501

2020 General Election Absentee Voting InstructionsFollowing are instructions for marking your Absentee Ballot.
Absentee Ballots can be requested from the Auditor's Office 120 days prior to an election.
Ballots will not be mailed until 29 days before the General Election. October 5th, 2020 is the first day ballots may begin to be mailed from the Auditor's Office.

Read these instructions before you mark the ballot.

If you need help marking your ballot due to a physical disability or inability to read, you may choose any person to help you except your employer, your employer’s agent, or an officer/agent of your union.

Check the status of your ballot at

Contact your county auditor if you have any questions. 515-573-7175.

1.Read and mark your ballot carefully.

Use only the following marking device(s): Black Pen

Fill in each voting target completely next to your choice. Do not use an X or a  . Ballots that are not marked correctly can not be counte

Each office title lists the number of candidates for which you may vote. Do not mark more voting targets than that number. You may choose to vote for fewer candidates, or you may skip any race.

If you mark too many voting targets in a race, the votes for that race cannot be counted. The other correctly marked races will be counted.

To cast a write-in vote for a person whose name is not on the ballot, write the name on the write-in line below the candidates’ names and fill in the voting target in front of the name you wrote.

2.Review your ballot.

Do not erase, cross out mistakes, or make any mark that would identify your ballot later. If you make a mistake, place all voting materials in the return envelope. Write "SPOILED BALLOT" on the return envelope. Mail or deliver the envelope to the county auditor and request a replacement ballot.

3.If a secrecy envelope was provided, place the voted ballot in the secrecy envelope. If no secrecy envelope was provided, go to step 4.

4.Place the voted ballot or the secrecy envelope containing the voted ballot in the return affidavit envelope.

5.Seal the return affidavit envelope.

The return affidavit envelope must be sealed for your ballot to count.

6.Sign the return affidavit envelope.

The return affidavit envelope must be signed for your ballot to count.

7.Submit your ballot by one of the following methods:

 -    By Mail

Postage is already paid. Ballots returned by mail and received after election day must be postmarked on or before this date: Nov 2, 2020 to be counted.

Postmarks are not guaranteed, so mail your absentee ballot early enough that it arrives before election day.

Even if postmarked on time, mailed ballots must also be received in the county auditor’s office by the receipt deadline: Noon, Monday, November 9, 2020. Ballots received after the receipt deadline will not be counted.

 -    Personal Delivery

You may deliver your ballot to the county auditor’s office before the polls close on election day. Polls close at: 9:00 p.m. Voted absentee ballots cannot be delivered to the polling place on election day.

Designating Someone to Return Your Ballot

You may designate someone else to deliver or mail the ballot for you. If you choose to have someone else return your voted ballot, you may ask that person to give you a receipt.

If the person is mailing your ballot for you, it must be sent no later than 72 hours after it is picked up. The ballot must be postmarked on or before the postmark deadline and received in the county auditor’s office by: Noon, Monday, November 9, 2020

If the person is personally delivering your ballot to the county auditor’s office, it must be delivered before the polls close on election day and no later than 72 hours after it is picked up.

Keep the receipt for your own records. If you use a different receipt than the below, be sure it includes all of the same information.


Election Name and Date:___________________
Name of Designee:_______________________
Political Party, Candidate, or Committee (if any):_______________________
Designee’s Phone Number:____________________

By signing below, I swear or affirm that I will mail or deliver the absentee ballot by the deadline and within 72 hours of receiving the ballot.

Designee’s Signature:______________________________
Date and Time:________________________________