Absentee election ballots available beginning Oct. 19

Thursday, October 13, 2022

PLYMOUTH CO. - Absentee ballots for the November 8, 2022, General Election are available beginning Wednesday, October 19, in the Auditorís Office at Plymouth County Courthouse during regular business hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Absentee ballots may be cast in person at the Auditorís office until Monday, November 7 until 5 p.m.

Absentee ballots may be mailed to voters by the Auditorís Office from October 19 to October 24 ONLY, per Iowa law. These must be requested in writing. Absentee ballot request forms are available at the Plymouth County Auditorís Office or at www.plymouthcountyiowa.gov by clicking on the red General Election tab.

They can also be obtained from the Iowa Secretary of State website. A completed absentee ballot request form can be dropped off or mailed to the Auditorís Office at 215 4th Ave. SE, Le Mars, IA 51031 and a ballot will be mailed to you, if the form is received by the Auditor prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, October 24, 2022.

REMINDER: Voter ID is now Iowa State Law. Voters are required to complete the absentee ballot request form, with either an Iowa Driverís License number, a Non-operator ID number or a 4-digit VOTER ID PIwvr.

The Auditorís office provides the postage for all absentee ballots returned by mail. In order for a ballot to be counted, ballots must be received in the Auditors office by 8 pm, Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Election Day.) Ballots received AFTER 8 p.m. on election day, regardless of postmark are unable to be counted under current Iowa law. Do not return a voted absentee ballot at the polling location, they need to be mailed or returned in person to the Auditorís Office.

If a voter is not registered to vote and wishes to vote an absentee ballot in the Auditorís office between Tuesday, October 25 through Monday, November 7, the voter will be required to complete the EDR (Election Day Registration) process at the Auditorís Office prior to casting the absentee ballot. The EDR voter registration process requires valid photo identification, and one form of proof of Plymouth County residency. Examples of proof of residency can be a valid Iowa driverís license with a current Plymouth County address, a utility bill, cell phone bill, residential lease, bank statement, paycheck, government check, government issued document, vehicle registration, or a tax assessment.

Also, as required now by Iowa Law on Election Day, all voting precinct locations will be open from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. and voters are required to vote at precinct and voting locations which took effect January 15, 2022.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Plymouth County Auditorís Office at 712-546-6100. Stacey Feldman is the Auditor and Commissioner of Elections, and Cheri Nitzschke is the Election Deputy.