Vote

In Iowa, there are three ways to cast your ballot. These are detailed below, along with ID requirements, instructions for marking your paper ballot.

Cast Your Ballot

1. Vote Early

You can vote early at the Auditor's Office on the 2nd Floor of the Benton County Courthouse at 111 E 4th St. in Vinton, starting 29 days before an election. Your voted ballot will be placed in a sealed envelope and securely stored until Election Day. Your ballot will be opened by a bipartisan team of Election Workers, separated from anything identifying who the ballot belongs to, and counted. You may also vote early at a Satellite Voting location. Satellite Voting locations vary depending on the election. For most elections, in-person early voting ends at 5pm on the night before the election. Check with the Auditor's Office for more information.

2. Vote by Mail

You may also request an absentee ballot be mailed to you. In order to vote absentee by mail you must complete a request form. You may contact the Auditor's Office to request that a form be sent to you or print off a form and mail it in. To be sent an absentee ballot by mail, the Auditor's Office must receive your Absentee Ballot Request form by 5pm on the Friday 11 days before the Election (or the Saturday 10 days before a General Election).

3. Vote on Election Day

The only way to vote on Election Day is by casting a vote at your assigned polling place. Visit the link to find your polling place.

Photo ID Requirements

The State of Iowa now requires voters show an acceptable form of ID when voting. Acceptable forms of ID are:

Registered voters who do not have an Iowa driver’s license or non-operator’s ID were issued a voter ID card. Voter ID cards must be signed before going to the polls. The new voter ID cards contain a four digit PIN number that will be used for voting purposes. If you should have a voter ID card and do not, please contact our office to have one sent to you.

Voters who do not have an acceptable form of ID will be allowed to either cast a provisional ballot or have another registered voter attest to their identification.

How to Mark Your Ballot

1. Read and mark your ballot carefully.

Fill in the oval completely next to your choice. Each office title lists the number of candidates you may vote for. Do not mark more ovals than that number. You may choose to vote for fewer candidates, or you may skip any race.

If you mark too many ovals in a race, the votes for that race cannot be counted. The other correctly marked races will be counted. Do not erase, cross out mistakes, or make any mark that would identify your ballot later. If you make a mistake, ask a Precinct Election Official for a new ballot.

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 oval in front of the name you wrote.

2. Review Your Ballot

3. Cast your Ballot

Insert your ballot into the tabulating machine in any orientation. Wait until the machine says your vote has counted. If you have overvoted or undervoted any race on the ballot, the machine will ask you if you would like the ballot returned to you or to cast the ballot. If you made a mistake on the ballot you may get a new one from a Precinct Election Official.

Assistance in Voting

Any voter who requires assistance in voting may bring someone with them to assist, or two poll workers from different political parties will be glad to assist you as needed.

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