Special Election

September 10, 2019 - City of Ames Special Election

Election Day Information

Polling Time: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Polling Locations: Vote Centers will be used for this election. Any eligible elector residing in the City of Ames may vote at any one of the eight sites:
(1) Ames Public Library, 515 Douglas Ave.
(2) Grand Avenue Baptist Church, 612 24th St.
(3) Bethesda Lutheran Church, 1517 Northwestern Ave.
(4) Ascension Lutheran Church, 2400 Bloomington Rd.
(5) Green Hills Community, 2205 Green Hills Dr.
(6) Collegiate United Methodist Church, 2622 Lincoln Way
(7) Buchanan Hall Room 2009, 2160 Lincoln Way
(8) Trinity Christian Reformed Church, 3626 Ontario St.
As of January 1, 2019, identification is required at the polling place. More information is available here.

Sample Ballot (PDF)

Voter Registration

The voter pre-registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m.

Register online via the Iowa DOT (for voters with an Iowa driver's license or Iowa non-operator ID)
Download a paper version of the registration form (PDF)
Check your registration status (Iowa Secretary of State website)

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. This requirement is suspended.
(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 Wednesday, Aug. 14, and will be available during regular business hours until 5 p.m., Monday, Sept. 9.

Absentee Voting (by mail)

The first day that ballots will be mailed is Wednesday, Aug. 14. The last day that ballots will be mailed out is Friday, Aug. 30. The ballot 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 (09/10/2019) 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, Sept. 9, and received in the Auditor's Office by Monday, Sept. 16.

In Person. You may deliver your ballot to the Auditor's Office up until 8 p.m. on Election Day (Tuesday, Sept. 10). 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
Absentee Voting Information
Track Your Absentee Ballot

Absentee Request Form - MILITARY or OVERSEAS voters
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. It is encouraged that names of prospective poll watchers, along with the designation form, 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.