Note: The Linn County Auditor is working on a plan to send Absentee Ballot Requests to every active registered voter in Linn County. Details will be posted here when the plan is finalized.
Every registered voter in Linn County will have the opportunity to vote by mail in the upcoming General Election using a Absentee Ballot.
If you have not registered in Linn County, have changed your name or have moved to a new address your registration needs to be updated. Contact the Linn County Elections office at 319-892-5300 to request a Voter Registration Form or CLICK HERE to download the form. Note that to register you will need to have either a valid Iowa Drivers License or a valid Iowa Voter ID card.
Once your registration is updated then follow the steps below to receive your ABR.
Voting by mail is your safe, secure and reliable way to vote in November. Get started today to avoid delays and a rushed trip to the post office.
Vote from home in three easy steps:
REQUEST YOUR BALLOT
Beginning July 06, 2020
Fully complete the Absentee Ballot Request Form (ABR) and mail to the Linn County Election Office at 935 Second Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, drop it off at the Election Office or any of the available special drop boxes.
RECEIVE YOUR BALLOT
Beginning October 05, 2020
Your ballot will be sent out no more than 29 days before the election, beginning October 05.
VOTE & MAIL YOUR BALLOT
Election is November 03, 2020
Receive your ballot in the mail, vote and mail back to the Linn County Elections Office at 935 Second Street SW, Cedar Rapids IA 52404
Step One: Request Your Ballot
How to request a ballot:
- You can download the Absentee Ballot Form online CLICK HERE
- Don't have a printer? Contact the Linn County Elections office at 319-892-5300, the office is located at 935 Second Street SW Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
How to fill out an Absentee Ballot Request form:
- Have your Iowa Driver's License or your Non-Operator ID Number handy
- If you don't have an Iowa Drivers License or a Non-Operator ID Number, you will use your voter PIN. This IS NOT your SSN or any other number. It is a 4 digit PIN number used mainly by those without an Iowa Driver's License. If you do not have any of these identifiers contact the Linn County Elections Office at 319-892-5300.
- If you down loaded the form you should fill the form out electronically on your computer before printing it.
- If you are filling the form out by hand be sure that you write/print all information clearly. Be especially careful that all characters from your drivers license, non-operator id number or 4 digit pin are clear and readable.
Mail your request:
- The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Saturday, October 24. Your request must physically be in the office by 5:00 pm. Postmarks only count if postmarked October 19, 2020, or earlier.
- If you have a prepaid ABR, just drop it in the mail.
- No prepaid ABR? You can slip your printed ABR in an envelope and mail it (be sure to apply adequate postage) or drop it off at the election office or at one of the following drop box locations:
- Marion HyVee
- Edgewood HyVee
- Johnson Avenue HyVee
Step Two: Wait Until October to Receive Your Ballot
After you put your ABR in the mail, you can track its progress here: https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/absenteeballotstatus/absentee/search. If you don't see your ballot, contact the Linn County Elections Office.
Note: Please allow a week to 10 days for the information to be entered.
In the meantime, share with your friends how easy and safe it is to vote by mail.
Step Three: Vote & Mail Your Ballot
For more information on filling your ballot out correctly, visit the Iowa Secretary of State https://sos.iowa.gov/elections/voterinformation/absfaq.html
For more information, including resources on voting as a college student, member of the military, or as a citizen living overseas, visit https://www.linncounty.org/844/Military-Overseas-Civilians
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday, July 6th - First day to request an absentee ballot be mailed to your home.
Monday, October 5th - First day requested absentee ballots can be mailed to voters who have requested them. First day of in-person early voting in the Linn County Elections Office.
Saturday, October 24th - Absentee ballot requests MUST be received in the Linn County Elections Office by 5:00 pm if you want a ballot mailed to you.
Saturday, October 24th - Pre-registration Deadline for the General Election. If you miss the deadline, Iowa still has same-day voter registration. You will need to bring proof of identification and residency for same-day registration or bring a neighbor that lives in the same precinct to attest for your.
Tuesday, November 3rd - General Election Day
Polls are open from 7:00 am until 9:00 pm. CLICK HERE to locate your polling place. The Linn County Elections office will send post cards to voters this fall confirming their polling location. Absentee ballots may be delivered to the county auditor until 9:00 pm
Linn County Elections Office:
Jean Oxley Public Service Center
935 Second Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Mon-Fri: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, except holidays
Bus Routes 11 & 12