Special Election

August 14, 2018 - City of Collins Special Election

Election Day Information

Polling times: 12 noon to 8 p.m.
Polling location: Collins Area Community Center, 219 Main Street

Sample Ballot (TBA)


Available after the close of polls. NOTE: Names of write-ins will not be available on Election Night.


Updated throughout election day.

Candidate Information

Filing Period: Closes at 5 p.m. on July 20 (file with the city clerk)
Signature requirement: 10 signatures from eligible electors residing in the City of Collins

For seat (vote for one) expiring in 2019 - Nomination Petition | Affidavit of Candidacy
For seats (vote for two) expiring in 2021 - Nomination Petition | Affidavit of Candidacy

Voter Registration

The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, August 3, at 5 p.m. (Voter Registration Form)

New registrants after the deadline -- including on Election Day -- will follow Election Day Registration procedures. Proof of identity and proof of residence will be required.

Absentee Voting

(1) Your absentee request form MUST include an ID number -- either your Iowa driver's license (or non-operator ID) number, or the 4-digit PIN on the new voter ID card.
(2) Request forms will not be accepted more than 120 days prior to the election.
(3) Absentee voting can begin no more than 29 days prior to the election.
(4) The deadline to request a mailed ballot is 11 days prior to the election (10 days for a General election).
NOTE: The request must be received in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. on the final day.

Absentee Voting (in-person)

Voting in the Auditor's Office begins TBA, and will be available during regular business hours until 11 a.m., Tuesday, August 14.

Absentee Voting (by mail)

The first day that ballots will be mailed is TBA. The last day to request a ballot by mail is Friday, August 3. The request must be received in the Auditor's Office by 5 p.m. that day. On the request form, mark "Special" under type of election, and fill in the election date (08/14/2018) in the proper area.

Returning Your Absentee (mail) Ballot

By Mail. A return envelope is provided with pre-paid postage. The return envelope must be postmarked no later than Monday, August 13, and received in the Auditor's Office by Monday, August 20.

In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor's Office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, August 14). Completed ballots may not be dropped off or used at polling locations.

By Designee. You may designate someone else to mail or deliver your ballot for you. The instructions included in your mailed absentee ballot packet include a receipt, if you choose to use it, for this method.

Absentee Forms and Information

Absentee Request Form - DOMESTIC voters (PDF)
Absentee Voting Information (Iowa Secretary of State)
Track Your Absentee Ballot (Iowa Secretary of State)

Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters (PDF)
Federal Voting Assistance Program

Poll Watching

A poll watcher is a person who has official permission to be at the polling place on election day. Names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, should be submitted to the County Auditor prior to election day.

Poll Watcher's Guide
Poll Watcher's Designation Form
Poll Watcher Poster

If you have questions regarding poll watching, please contact the Auditor's Office or the Iowa Secretary of State's Office.