Karla Weiss, Commissioner of Elections announces that voters interested in voting absentee for the November 2,
2021 City/School Election may file requests for absentee ballots with the Winnebago County Auditor’s Office.
Due to recent legislation, the time period to request absentee ballots has gone from 120 days to 70 days. Voters
may request a ballot by mail from now through October 18 th , 5:00 pm. In-person absentee voting at the Auditor’s Office is anticipated to start October 13 th (Monday through Friday 8:00 am – 4:30 pm) through November 1st until 5:00 pm.
Each request for an absentee ballot must contain one voters name, residential address, and mailing address (if
different from the residential address), date of birth, election requesting the absentee ballot for, signature of the
person requesting a ballot, and date signed. State forms can be downloaded from the Secretary of State website:
http://sos.iowa.gov/elections/electioninfo/absenteeinfo.html. Send written requests to the Auditor's office, 126 S. Clark Street, Forest City, Iowa 50436.
All absentee ballots must be received by the County Auditor by 8:00 pm on Election Day, November 2, 2021 in order to be counted. Postmarks or bar codes printed on ballot envelopes will no longer make the ballot received after Election Day valid except ballots from participants in the Safe At Home Program received by the Secretary of State in time to be transmitted to the County Auditor by noon on the Monday following the election and ballots from uniformed and oversees citizens received by noon on the Monday following the election.
Additional hours open:
Monday, October 18, 2021, open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Deadline to register to vote and be listed in the Election Day registers. Also the deadline to request Auditor mail out absentee ballots.
Friday, October 29, 2021, open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Deadline for Auditor to review absentee affidavits received by 5:00 pm.
Monday, November 1, 2021, open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm – Deadline to vote absentee in-person at the Auditor’s Office.
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, open 7:00 am to 8:00 pm – Deadline to return a voted absentee ballot to the Auditor’s Office.
Questions regarding absentee voting may be directed to the Auditor’s office at 641-585-3412. Voters can also follow Winnebago County on Facebook for election information.